Martin Dammann
weiter weg

21 March – 25 April 2015
Opening reception: Friday, 20 March 2015, 7-9 pm

The exhibition weiter weg (engl: some way off) presents a new series of works, which was exhibited at the Märkisches Museum in Witten from November 2014 until February 2015. Dammanns 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.

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