Positions Berlin -Art Fair- 2016
Well known as a prolific contemporary visual artist in Northern Europe, New York City and Hong Kong, Blom’s work was introduced to Berlin for the first time in 2011.
Then as now, Blom’s paintings can typically exude both a gleeful brightness and strange dystopian coolness in their hues of electric blue and green in which he depicts serene landscapes or modern architectural settings often peopled by a solitary figure or two. His realistic outdoor scenes have a surreal quality that suggest a hidden melancholy revealed by the penetratingly bright Northern sun. The recurring pool scenes in Blom’s work bring to mind Hockney’s California-bred alienations while at the same time introducing a keener emotional quality. His indoor scenes use less light but more perspective and abstract lines to bring forth existential moods. If one wanted to find influences, perhaps Edward Hopper is where to look: both artists capture introspective moods by transposing emotions onto tranquil landscape, nautical and architectural settings. It was Hopper’s teacher Robert Henri at the New York School of Art and Design who is quoted to have said that „it isn’t the subject that counts but what you feel about it.
Journalist Nicola Kuhn in conversation with Norwegian artist Kenneth Blom.
Friday, September 16, 4 pm. Location: lounge on the first floor
Since many years Berlin has been the city that can offer the broadest overview of the current progressions of contemporary art with its multitude of international artists and galleries. POSITIONS BERLIN aspires to enable this overview and discourse more extensively.
POSITIONS BERLIN is an art fair depicting the quality and currentness of the international art scene comprehensively and independently from established categories and inviting the visitor to discover new positions.
A team of knowledgeable and experienced individuals in the field of art fairs with outstanding contacts in the international art market are behind the organization of POSITIONS BERLIN.
POSITIONS BERLIN invites international galleries to apply with their represented artistic positions of contemporary and modern art.
Kristian Jarmuschek, Director
Heinrich Carstens, Artistic Director
Nora Malles, Project Manager
Ines Wittneben, Project Manager
Klaus Scheuermann, Project Manager
Alva Angeli, Project Manager
Martin Jarmuschek, Project Manager
Flavia Lamprecht, Project Manager
FU Berlin Weiterbildungszentrum
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