Dennis Rudolph makes sinister landscapes and dramatic portraits in oil paint or graphics His landscapes can be related to the tradition of the symbolically charged Romantic landscape painting. Auratic sceneries, such as deserted landscapes, expansive skies, mountaintops or rocky coasts and gigantic towers are adjusted to the modern time by the insertion of a modern metropolis, electricity pylons and skies ripped by aeroplanes. But whereas the religious symbolism of for example Caspar David Friedrich’s landscapes can be deciphered, Rudolph’s secular landscapes remain silent and miss allegorical meaning. He appropriates the allegorical image as symbolic representation of universal conceptions of the world (be it mythological or religious). Rudolph reintegrates allegory and symbolism into contemporary art by disposing the image of its religious meaning.
Recently Rudolph developed a special ‘offset’ printing technique. Offset is a medium of the twentieth century and thus starts becoming of interest for artists nowadays. Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. Instead of transferring the image from original materials to printing plates by using a photographic technique Rudolph’s works are painted with offset-plate developer and a brush directly onto the offset plates and then printed in an edition of 2 on an offset proof-printing machine. The result of this technique reminds one of overexposed black and white photos.
The strongest effect in this medium lies in the adaption of baroque art works turning into stunningly modern apocalyptic science fiction visions of a nearby future. Seventeenth and nineteenth century compositions combined with symbols of a highly technoligised civilization.
Starting from studies about Wagners Ring des Nibelungen, the series of works in this exhibition culminates in the allegorical picture of Walter Benjamin's Angel of History. Dennis Rudolph exalts the ninetheenth century Romantic landscape to a contemporary scene with a universal meaning.Mark Titchner
In a separate room in the gallery the worldpremier of the 2 channel video installation 'Be Not Content' 2011 by Mark Titchner is displayed. The moving black and white images and the disturbing atmosphere of this work can be related to the work of Rudolph. Mark Titchner’s art explores the tensions between the different belief systems that inform society, be they religious, scientific or political. He focuses on marginalized, shameful or forgotten objects and ideologies on which we base our faith. Titchner gets his motives from the world of advertisment, religious iconography, club flyers, banners, political propaganda and other agencies vying for attention.
The common denominator of this search for idealism is the search for enlightenment, a desire for some form of transcendence. But abstracted from its original context, the message is stripped of it’s meaning. We know that we are asked to respond, but the goal is unclear. Leaving us behind with the formal means of encouragement and our personal desire for the knowledge of meaning.
In 2012 Rudolph received an important commision to design the posters as well as a large mural work for the opera building of the Bayerische Staatsoper München.Works by Dennis Rudolph have been on show at int.al. La Vallée Patibulaire, Berlin (2011), For love not money, Tallinn Print Triennial (2011), Hallewujah, Apart, Stuttgart & Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlijn (2011), Home Run, Architekturmuseum der TU-Berlin, Berlin (2010) and Waking the Dead, Autocenter, Berlin (2010), Kunsthalle Andratx (2009), Kunstverein Arnsberg (2008), Perry Rubinstein Gallery NY (2008) and Dortmunder Kunsteverein (2007).
Mark Titchner was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006. Recent soloshows: Art in the Public Realm Bristol, Bristol (2012), Be True To Your Oblivion, which was part of Metal Festival, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, Birmingham (2011), Mark Titchner, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2011), Mark Titchner, Vilma Gold, London (2010) and Motto, Art House Foundation, London (2010). In 2003 he had a solo show Be Angry but Don't Stop Breathing as part of the Art Now series at Tate Britain. His work is held in the permanent collections of the South London Gallery, the United Kingdom Government Art Collection and the Tate.
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