by Adi Oz-Ari, Maria Sanchez, Ganna Ki, & Vasil Berela | 07.01. - 31.01.2023
Galerie SLP's first exhibition in 2023 MONOCHROME explores the collective subconscious and invites viewers to start the new year with self-reflection.
Four international artists show works focusing on emerging social issues, including the relationship between humans and machines as well as our efforts to survive in a fast-paced, technocratic society. We want to delve into what lies beyond our human consciousness, and what the future of artificial intelligence and deep learning can hold for us. The artists take an intuitive look on the connection between the corporal and the artificial the neurochemical and the digital as a gateway to the ethereal.
You are invited to view the works ranging from oil and acrylic to digital paintings and sculptures. Small fine-art prints and larger canvases tell the story of the human mind and evolving social constructs. Diminished to a monochrome, black-and-white colour palette and through the usage of unconventional materials, we seek to analyse what makes us individual humans in our social, globalist environment.
Stay still for a brief moment, pause. Connect yourself to the art, the artists and their world of abstraction.
Adi Oz-Ari holds an undergraduate degree from the Midrasha College of Art at the Beit Berl Academic College (2012) and earned an MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2015), following her interest in the human body and the machine. What fascinates her is the link between processes and illnesses taking form within the body. Her practice examines the expressive possibilities of the body-mind tie in terms of concepts of pain, disintegration, and loss. Inert and organic materials originating in her own and foreign bodies are the elements with which she works. Like a chemical reaction, they undergo a transformation to come together into a lyrical image that sometimes loses its source entirely through a process of abstraction.
María Sánchez takes a critical view of social and cultural issues. Often referencing human behavior, her work explores the relationships between the physical and non-physical worlds. Since 2015, Sánchez's artworks have been exhibited at spaces and galleries both nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions of her different series of paintings, digital art, and photography. One of her notable projects was the collaboration with the WildAid foundation against ivory traffic. Figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Prince William were involved.
Ganna Ki is a Ukrainian visual and performative artist. She is part of the Artist Collective Berlin. She researches non-figurative approaches to artistic expression, freedom from shape, and connecting to the collective subconscious. Her main intention for her viewers is to invite them to open up and step into their own dreamworld, using her painting as a mirror for daydream and connecting with their own subconscious.
Vasil Berela was born in 1986 in Georgia, and now lives and works in Berlin. Berela studied architecture from 2003 to 2004 at the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi. He ultimately enrolled in the Berlin Weißensee Kunsthochschule from 2015 to 2021 to study fine arts. He has been teaching sculpting at the Kunsthochschule since 2022. When he studies people's attempts to achieve transcendental experiences in his works, he consistently finds the same conclusion: people frequently vegetate ineffectively as social biomasses.