Martin Dammann
weiter weg
21 March – 25 April 2015

 

The exhibition weiter weg (some way off) presents a new series of works, which was exhibited at the Märkisches Museum in Witten from November 2014 until February 2015. Dammann’s works were shown in juxtaposition to the museums collection of informal paintings.
Martin Dammann, who also is known for his video works, finds the source for his images in private and historical photographs. They depict either individuals or groups of people in various configurations. Memory images and their schematic visualization is a key theme within Dammanns oeuvre. The transcription of these photographs brings out the emotional undertone of the portrayed subjects, heightened by the artists intense choice of his water colour palette.
The title of the exhibition refers to the long process the image is subjected to on its way to be transformed into a painting. It also hints at the degree of abstraction, as well as at a development from a figurative representation towards an abstract surface. For his new works Martin Dammann developed a special technique to apply watercolour on hardboard. Puddles of paint run off the semi absorbent surface and create virtuoso visualization of dissolving memories.

Martin Dammann
"weiter weg"
exhibition view Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2015
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Martin Dammann
"weiter weg"
exhibition view Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2015
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Martin Dammann
"weiter weg"
exhibition view Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2015
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Martin Dammann
"weiter weg"
exhibition view Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2015
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Martin Dammann
"weiter weg"
exhibition view Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, 2015
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Martin Dammann
“Tanten”, 2014
Gallery archive no.: MDa-14-032
Pencil, watercolour and oil crayon on board
115 x 170 cm
Martin Dammann
“Oberfläche vs. Auftrag”, 2015
Gallery archive no.: MDa-15-0001
Pencil and watercolour on board
160,5 x 230,5 cm