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white cube | white wall
snow+concrete XV, 2009/2012, polytych, 4 black and white photographs on fused glass, 50 x 50 cm (each), 1/3
© G. Roland Biermann


Tuesday 22, November 2016 | 6.30pm - 9pm

Maestro Arts is delighted to present a solo exhibition by German artist G. Roland Biermann and the UK premiere of his video white cube | white wall trilogy (2014-16).

A conceptual allegory started in 2014, the series explores some of the major shifts and changes in society during recent years; the walls people build around themselves and in a period of mass migration, inclusion and exclusion. White cube | white wall 1 was created by Biermann in 2014 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  White cube | white wall 3 being completed earlier this year. 

In the works, a team of workers dressed in monochrome, stack and un-stack Styrofoam blocks. Biermann examines how both political and artistic hegemonies are constructed, dismantled and reconfigured. His choice of Styrofoam appears to convey the ‘lightness’ of memory, while the construction of a wall in Styrofoam is almost comic and pitiful.

The photographic works are predominately monochrome, they are taken using a panoramic camera designed to take landscape images to create a stretched vertical portrait format. Biermann’s photography suggests, rather than demonstrates, a narrative. He repeatedly engages the idea of contrast into his work, creating an aesthetic that is contemporary while engaging with the metaphysical.

The exhibition features works from other projects, including Biermann's snow+concrete series, which merges photography, sculpture and installation to create a new hybrid art form. His engagement with distinct opposites continues; light and dark, soft and hard, reality and spirituality. The title itself implies a literal juxtaposition. The artist once again suggests a narrative with the order of the photographs in the series, one connected with cyclicality that can be seen as a metaphor for the cycle of life.

For more information, please contact:

Myriam Blundell – myriam@maestroarts.com

Vikki Nelson - vikki@maestroarts.com

Maestro Arts Gallery

One Eastfields Avenue

Riverside Quarter

London SW18 1FQ

+44 20 3637 2789

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