Studio Picknick is pleased to present during this year Gallery Weekend Berlin the Group Show

On the Name-Of-The-Figure in painting

ISABEL ALICIA BAPTISTA (NYC)
XENIA BOND (FFM)
RYAN CULLEN (NYC)
TOM KRÓL (CGN)
MALTE ZENSES (BLN)

OPENING: Friday April 26, 6-10 pm

EXHIBITION: Apr. 27 - May. 18, 2019
Opening hours during Berlin Gallery Weekend: Sat. and Sun., 11am-7pm
Opening hours of the show: Thu-Fri: 11am–3pm, Sat: 12-6pm
and by appointment!
Address: Potsdamer Straße 118, 10785 Berlin, (in the backyard)


      The title of this exhibition, On the Name-Of-The-Figure in painting, is derived from Jacques Lacan’s conception of the Name-Of-The-Father; his interpellation of the Oedipus complex of classical psychoanalysis as primarily representing the subject’s introduction into language. In broad terms this exhibition can be thought of as an opportunity to consider not only The Figure’s role in the production of contemporary art, but furthermore the potential for an aesthetic Oedipal relation between the artist and The Figure. Figuration occupies varying spaces within the practices of the artists included in this exhibition; for its occasion each of the artists have produced new works which directly ruminate on this presence and power of figuration and The Figure.

      While not strictly speaking ‘a figurative painting show’, The painted Figure has a rich history, and within the context of this exhibition was found to be the element in common, however structurally or formally, amongst the works presented. In this way it is possible to consider The Figure in painting as an expanded mode of bodily figuration capable of the simultaneous objectification and subjectification of the viewer and art object alike.

Isabel Alicia Baptista (b. 1992, Caracas, Venezuela) lives and works in New York. Her solo exhibition 1998 is currently on view at Thomas Park Gallery, New York.

Xenia Bond (b. 1992, London, UK) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. She has exhibited at Gau Gallery in London and Galerie Italy in Frankfurt am Main.

Ryan Cullen (b. 1992, Boston, US) lives and works in New York. He has most recently exhibited at Essex Flowers in New York and Etablissement d'en Face in Brussels.

Tom Król (b. 1991, Cologne, DE) lives and works in Cologne. Recent solo exhibitions include: Die Musik at Jagla Ausstellungsraum, Cologne; and Good Night people here I am at Fiebach Minninger, Cologne.

Malte Zenses, (b. 1987, Solingen) lives and works in Berlin. Recent exhibitions include: IN TYRANNIS at the Kunstverein Nuremberg and UNLUST PRINZIP at the Kasseler Kunstverein.