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Over the course of 2014, the gallery showcases an extensive series of group and dialogue exhibitions under various thematic and curatorial perspectives: In the last of the series for this year, "PRINTS" presents artists dealing analytically or systematically with the subject of painting through the usage of various print techniques.

The borders within contemporary painting practices are blurring more and more with the increasing number of artists dying fabrics, using stencils, frottages and silkscreen prints rather than traditional brushes. The exhibition explores where the print ends and the painting begins and investigates the interactions between the two media, offering new perspectives and possibilities.

Christian Gfeller and Anna Hellsgård’s unique silkscreens balance on the edge of experimental painting, testing and pushing the boundaries of the medium by deconstructing its conventions, techniques and formal structures. Accidents and errors, intentional overlaps, smudges, bleeding, glitches and transparencies create evocative fractal landscapes of shapes, u and depths. The darkened basement of the gallery is installed as a "Dark Room" filled with fluorescent and phosphorescent works.

Swedish-French artist duo Anna Hellsgård and Christian “Meeloo” Gfeller, based in Berlin and Stockholm, have been working together since 2001, producing prints, artists’ books, sculptures, zines and more in their print studio Re:Surgo!. Christian’s incessant artistic output began in 1995, making punk zines under the name Bongoût. From day one, Hellsgård and Gfeller have placed strong emphasis on intuition and skill as on DIY ethics and communal practice: in frequent collaborations with other artists on print projects, organizing exhibitions and opening their independent artist space and retail store in Berlin to international artists and musicians.

Franziska Holstein’s new series of 19 hand-offset-prints combines both elements of her recent paintings with her extensive series of collages. In each of the prints, she dissects the geometric elements of the individual canvases into parts, composes them under new organizing principles and finally prints them on paper from metal plates. As a feedback between the different medias, she self-analytically liberates complex compositions and constructions that developed over a long time period and reduces them to clear monochrome shapes and transfers them into a series of minimalist prints, that are installed as one large, wall-filling block.

Franziska Holstein was born in Leipzig in 1978. She attended the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, studying from 2000 to 2005 under Arno Rink. From 2005 to 2008 she was a Meisterschüler of Neo Rauch. In 2011, she held a grant from the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation. In 2012, she was attending the residency program in Colombus / Ohio followed by a 6 month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She was awarded with the Artprice of the Sachsen-Bank 2012 including a solo exhibition at the Leipzig Museum der Bildenden Künste.

In Katharina Immekus’ linocut prints, combinations or variations of the same recurring lines are constantly (re-)arranged on the sheet, twisted against each other and overprinted in vibrant colours. In this experimental but controlled process, she creates a dense, seemingly impenetrable web of lines, now and then interrupted by lighter, mono-chromatic prints whose colourfulness and printing appearance make one think of untamed, abstract landscape painting.

Katharina Immekus was born in Olpe in 1970. She lives and works in Leipzig. From 1994 to 2000 she studied painting at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. In 1997 and 1998 she studied with Prof. Peter Bonde at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.