Through A Lens: Art Berlin Contemporary 2015

Karl Holmqvist

Karl Holmqvist

I spent yesterday at abc – art berlin contemporary, Berlin's answer to the Art Basel. Running until the 20th of September, it is being hosted in an old depot. This year's exhibition layout has undergone a little redesign by architectural studio June 14. The new design relies on spaces defined only by their corners and manages to bring more light – and therefore air – into the premises. But enough of that, let me show you some of my personal highlights.

Galerie Neu: Karl Holmqvist

Upon entering the exhibition area, I was straight away drawn to Karl Holmqvist's playful typographic pieces, some of which spell out his name. Known for his text-based works, Holmqvist investigates the transformative potentials of language. His work spans from poetry readings to installation and sculpture.

Two photos to give you an idea of the space itself. In previous years, the skylights were covered and artificial lighting was used – I much prefer the sunlight breaking through and giving the artworks another dimension.

Matt Mullican

Matt Mullican

Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition: Matt Mullican

The play of shadow and light in the exhibition space worked especially well with Matt Mullican's works. Using abstract geometric drawings, then taking them through a variety of processes, Mullican has created a series of photographs that resemble mid-century modern buildings/concrete blocks or even trains.

Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt

Jorinde Voigt

König Galerie: Jorinde Voigt & Alicja Kwade

A room full of beautiful drawings by Jorinde Voigt. A mixture of romantic imagery and technical drawing, Voigt used materials such as black bird feathers and gold leaf to create her artworks.

Not pictured is a beautiful artwork by Alicja Kwade, called Goldvolks. Kwade collaborated with a goldsmith to create ninety-seven gold cubes on chains and create an infographic on national gold reserves kept by most countries' central banks.

Luca Trevisani

Luca Trevisani

Mehdi Chouakri: Luca Trevisani

Luca Trevisani's work is strategically placed below a skylight. Made of monstera leaves, lilies and bird of paradise flowers, the sculpture is most certainly an eyecatcher.

Mikko Rikala

Mikko Rikala

The theme of operating between diverging powers and elements, between the sea and the sky, matter and air, serve as a metaphor for being part of a cosmic whole.
— Mikko Rikkala, Gallery Taik Persons
Mikko Rikala

Mikko Rikala

Gallery Taik Persons: Mikko Rikala

Tucked away in a far corner, you can find the works of Finnish artist Mikko Rikala. Investigating the concept of time and studying the limitations of human reason and intellect, Rikala's works seem at first ordinary. Yet the closer you look, the more you find yourself drawn into his world, his way of thinking. My favourite work was 'Sea In My Pocket', consisting of a pigment print and its documented decay over time, being carried in the artist's pocket.


The abc runs from 17-20 September, 12:00-19:00, with tickets available for 12€. If you'd like to find out more about the artworks and listen to some experts, make sure to join a niche art tour for 5€, running daily at 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00.

Lilly Wolf