DINGE, DIE PASSIEREN. UND NICHT PASSIEREN.
Bettina Scholz (*1979 in Neuruppin) studied art history and German philology in Marburg and earned a degree in painting at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and the Chelsea College of Arts in London. Scholz´s reverse-glass painting lives off the color itself and for her color is not only a material but also the medium. The infinitely fine nuances and the highly differentiated tonal spectrum generate pictorial worlds and create twilight-like effects hovering between light and darkness, dream and wakefulness, depth, proximity and distance, past and present. Since only the color acts as a forming force, it transforms into an atmosphere-like substance and the picture itself appears like an immaterial entity.
Sid Gastl was born in 1959, grew up in Nuremberg and studied painting at the Nuremberg Academy of Arts. Like Scholz, Gastl lives and works in Berlin, a noisy city in which he paints silent spaces. Images of familiar places – views of forests, houses, interiors. Yet his views reveal no signs of human existence. The familiar gives birth to the uncanny. Notwithstanding the structural clarity of representation, these places appear opaque and unreal.
Alexandra Ranner (born in 1967 in Bavaria and grew up there) likewise deals with space and the body. Ranner studied at the Academy of the Arts in Munich and at the Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual in Lisbon. Since 2007 she has been teaching at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Ranner builds small fictional interiors that look like close-ups of social and aesthetic configurations; as if she modelled their materiality through a burning glass and thereby radically laid them bare.