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Dominic Shepherd + John Stark

Black Mirror

London Calling Vol. II
Paintings


13.5. - 16.6.2012

In cooperation with Gallery Charlie Smith London

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Dominic Shepherd, The Fool, 2012
 
Dominic Shepherd
The Fool, 2012
Oil on canvas, 71 x 61 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Ambacher Contemporary, Munich
 
 
"BLACK MIRROR" Dominic Shepherd & John Stark
 
May 13 - June 16, 2012
 
In Chinese mythology another world exists on the far side of the mirror -
here the 'Fauna of Mirrors' live. All colours, shapes and forms are not
as of this side of the reflection. There they wait, searching for the
opening that will let them through.
 
The black mirror is a traditional scrying tool, akin to the crystal ball or
basin of water; it is an object for seeing into the spirit world. But like
the 'fauna' these spirits are locked in their simulacra world. The fauna
and flora that occupy my paintings inhabit this other space. Like reflections
of reflections they are recognisable but the perspective and scales change
from here to there. Created from the stuff ofpaint I wish them to swim into
view, taking form, struggling to become, returning our gaze. Recently
I have been painting a frame into my canvases, wishing to further the
conceit of a looking glass, the misty world unfolding beyond. It is the
reflection that they create in our minds that gives them true form, allowing
them to step through the mirror to our side.
 
In a drawer I keep a black mirror, a shallow concave glass, inherited by
my partner from a magician she first met in the narrow lanes surrounding
the British Museum. On the rare occasions I take it out, I think of all the
other faces that have gazed into it, and those that looked back.

- Dominic Shepherd
 
 
John Stark, The Last Continent, 2012
 
John Stark
The Last Continent, 2012
Oil on wood panel, 50 x 60 cm
Courtesy of the artist Ambacher Contemporary, Munich
and the Collection A.N., South Bavaria
 
 
Claude Lorrain was famous for using the Black Mirror as a painting aid, a
small slightly convex mirror with a darkly tinted surface. The use of a
blackened rather than an ordinary silvered mirror resulted in a somewhat
weakened reflection, which stressed the prominent features in the landscape
at the expense of detail. It also lowered the colour key. The painter would turn
his back to the scenery and analyze the view through the tinted glass which
had the effect of abstracting the subject from the world imbuing it with a
painterly quality.
 
My intention for the exhibition Black Mirror is to create paintings that reflect
this world through a different light. The figures depicted are often absorbed
in intimate rituals with their back to the viewer, veiling the action and
creating a sense of ambiguity where the beholder is free to question the
meaning. The specific objective is to create paradoxical images that reflect
the psychology of the viewer through their interaction with the mirror- like
painted surface, and the subject within. I hope to achieve paintings that
can be read as both cruel and compassionate, warm and cold, dark and light.

- John Stark

 

 

MUNICH NIGHT ART 2012

In der GALERIE LICHTPUNKT - AMBACHER CONTEMPORARY zeigt der Galerist Horst Ambacher unter dem verheißungsvollen Titel „Black Mirror" zwei britische Künstler: Dominic Shepherd und John Stark. Die Künstler werden in der Galerie im Rahmen einer momentan laufenden LONDON-CALLING-Serie präsentiert. Zum zweiten Mal zeigt Lichtpunkt hiermit „upcoming Artists" aus London.
Dominic Shepherd visualisiert die „andere Seite des 'Spiegels' … die Spiegelung von Spiegelungen und integriert in seine Werke seit kurzem auch den gemalten Rahmen. Hier wird mit Wahrnehmung experimentiert.
John Stark hat extra für diese Ausstellung Bilder geschaffen, die die Welt in einem anderen Licht zeigen. Der Betrachter beobachtet Repoussoir-Figuren, die in Rituale versunken scheinen und dabei in einem Licht verharren, das die unterschiedlichsten Emotionen auszulösen vermag (bis 16.6. / www.ambacher-contemporary.de).

Das Rahmenprogramm beginnt in der Galerie um 18 Uhr mit einer Buchpräsentation „vanishing scenes"
von Heike Jobst, um 19 Uhr folgt ein Künstlergespräch mit dem britischen Künstler Dominic Shepherd und um 20 Uhr die offizielle Eröffnung der Ausstellung „Black mirror" im Rahmen von „London Calling II" mit den Künstlern Dominic Shepherd und John Stark. Doch damit nicht genug: um 21:45 Uhr wird die Kunst der Performance mit  „Das Leben stinkt" von der französischen Künstlerin Sylvie Arlaud zu erleben sein
und schließlich soll um 23 Uhr ein NightArt Ausklang im Mister B.´s, Herzog-Heinrich-Straße 38 mit New York Feeling, mit Live Jazzmusik und Gesprächen mit Künstlern der Galerie, die um ca. 22:30 Uhr geschlossen wird, den Abend ausklingen lassen.
John Stark, The Last Continent", 2012, 50 x 60 cm, Oil on panel
 

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MUNICH


CURRENT EXHIBITION

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der Blick aus der Ferne
Styropor, Epoxy, Acryl, Gips
mit Sockel: 160 x 50 x 50 cm

 

 



 

MUNICH


LAST
EXHIBITION

'Do i dare disturb the universe'
LA FRATRIE
Karim & Luc Berchiche
23.6. - 2.9.2017


La Fratrie, 2017
'Ì am here if you need me'
Mixed media
65 x 35 x 20 cm
Courtesy, private
collection Coburg







PARIS

LAST EXHIBITION

'Manifested Silences'
ARMIN MÜHSAM
21.4. - 29.7.2017

Armin Mühsam, 2016
Technocratic Mausoleum
Oil on canvas, 72 x 61 cm

 



PARIS


ART PARIS ART FAIR
Booth D3


30.3. -  2.4.2017

Sylvie Arlaud - Ernesto Cánovas
John Giorno - La Fratrie (Luc and Karim Berchiche) - Tom Hackney
Frank Maier - Armin Mühsam
Tomislav Nikolic - Inge Pries
Daniel Schüßler - Edwart Vignot

 





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PLATEAU münchen

2016

Fr. 28.10., 18-21h
Sa. 29.10., 11-18h

LIGHTBOX
"I´m so bored with this place"
TIMOTHÉE TALARD

9.9. - 5.11.2016

Timothée Talard, Lightboxes
small, 50 x 100 x 12 cm
big, 150 x 125 x 12 cm



PARIS

OPENING NEW GALLERY SPACE

during Fiac Art Week/Fiac Gallery Night, 20.10.2016

19, Passage du Ponceau
119, Boulevard de Sébastopol
Marais/Sentier - 75002 Paris

Groupshow, 'Liquidation totale'
Sylvie Arlaud, Sabrina Belouaar, Hugo Bonamin & Samuel Theis, Ernesto Cánovas & Gracjana Rejmer Cánovas, John Giorno, Thomas Draschan, Tom Hackney, La Fratrie (Luc & Karim Berchiche), Frank Maier, Otto Muehl, Armin Mühsam, Tomislav Nikolic, Inge Pries, Daniel Schüßler, Timothée Talard and Edwart Vignot.

26.10.2016 - 15.04.2017
by appointment only

 


YIA ART FAIR

Ernesto Cánovas, Gracjana Rejmer-Cánovas and Tomislav Nikolic
21.-23.10.2016
Le Carreau du Temple - Marais

4, rue Eugène Spuller - 75003 Paris



BERLIN


'Service compris'

A joined exhibition with
Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst
during Berlin Art Week

Sylvie Arlaud, Ernesto Cánovas,
Thomas Draschan, Tom Hackney,
Jan Holthoff, Birgit Jensen,
Frank Maier, Otto Muehl, Armin
Mühsam, Tomislav Nikolic,
Inge Pries, Daniel Schüßler,
Edwart Vignot, Christopher
Winter, Andreas Zimmermann.
16.09.-29.10.2016
extended until 22.12.2016

AMBACHER CONTEMPORARY &
LEHR ZEITGENÖSSISCHE KUNST

Großbeerenstraße 16 - 10963 Berlin


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