„Exfreundin“
16 October – 31 December 2020
Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin 
Soft Opening: Friday, 16 October 2020 | 4 pm – 9 pm

 

At the beginning of the year, I basically had enough of all the blinky blinky going on around me. So I thought to myself, now you do things the other way round. Make it really personal. I told a colleague that I wanted to do an exhibition about my ex-girlfriends. She laughed and said that she had just done a drawing of her ex-boyfriend. She took out her sketch book and showed me – a gorilla.
Quite funny, yet I would not be able to get away like this.

Because after all, as a man you are not supposed to do that kind of thing. Bam – my house, bam – my car, bam – my girlfriend. The clichés immediately start rolling. Male clichés. That is curious, but it is also telling: I am planning an exhibition about ex-girlfriends, and the problem is trying to avoid – not clichés about women, but clichés about men. The consequence: inhibitions, doubts, concerns. Also: what will my ex girlfriends reactions be? And: will anyone else be interested?

This may sound like one of those points at which one should just turn around and do something else instead. But on the whole this proved to be a really good approach. After all, problems, vacillations, being torn between wanting and not wanting to show, as well as fears – these are all things that can be negotiated using images. They operate in pictures and in the act of painting, especially in watercolour with its constant oscillation between substantiation and dissolution, between piling up and leaving out. I was curious myself what the results would be. So I made a start.

Now I am standing in front of the finished works. I have never understood what a narrative image is supposed to be. Pictures do not tell stories. There is nothing before or after the moment. Nevertheless, there are photos (surprisingly few, given the vast quantities I took over the course of those years) that contain a lot of what has been. What these relationships were. At least to me. Traces, likenesses of moments that happened.
The present works try to track these moments down. Not the photos. They (the images of this exhibition) are themselves moments that are associated with but do not become what took place. I can see them as independent images, detached from the moments to which they refer. But they still contain those moments. I also can see the images side by side with those moments and compare them with one another. Sometimes the images even seem to slide in front of my memories, as if seeking to replace them.

Who knows what will happen when you see them. Will they really communicate something personal? Will you be able to get close to those moments, or to similar moments of your own? Perhaps my moments will become yours. Just for a moment.
Would be fine with me.

Martin Dammann
Vielleicht ein offener Moment, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
142 x 192 cm
23.000 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Engel (immer lächeln), 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
192 x 143 cm
23.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Verbunden, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
195 x 155,5 cm
24.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Über mir, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
100 x 70 cm
11.600 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
N, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
93 x 118 cm
14.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Tiergarten, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
193 x 290 cm
32.000 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Kopf voller Bilder, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on 5mm cardboard
50 x 70 cm
8.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Wendepunkt, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
200 x 140 cm
23.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Marshmallow, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on 5mm cardboard
133 x 90 cm
15.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Verbunden klein, 2020
Pencil on 5mm cardboard
36 x 56 cm
4.800 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
H Drawing 6, 2019
Watercolor and pencil on 5mm hardboard
90 x 60 cm
9.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Höhenflug, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
68 x 152 cm
15.200 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Endgame, 2019
Watercolor and pen on paper
framed 135 x 195 cm
22.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Jeder im Jeweils, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
framed
195 x 289 cm

Martin Dammann
Frau schreiend , 2020
Watecolor and pencil on 5mm cardboard
115 x 115 cm
15.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
Nordsee, 2020
Watercolor and pen on paper
93 x 118 cm
14.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
M, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on paper
118 x 93 cm
14.000 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann
H Drawing 5, 2020
Watercolor and pencil on 5mm cardboard
73,5 x 90 cm
9.500 EUR incl. VAT

Martin Dammann, Exfreundin, Ausstellungsansicht Galerie Barbara Thumm, 2020
Foto: Jens Ziehe