Gold Cube is a new Kreuzberg gallery that launches its program tonight, Friday, August 14th, with an exhibition by British artist Hatty Morris. Found on Urbanstrasse, between Bergmannkiez and the Landwehrkanal, Gold Cube marks another spot to hit in a neighbourhood already housing DUVE gallery and König Gallery at St. Agnes Church. Gold Cube’s program has a particular interest in notions of authenticity and criticality, with art that explores ideas around the invented, the real and the illusionary. Already queued up for future exhibitions are Copenhagen-based artist Mona Carl, and Berlin-based artist Edgar Haldane.
Founders and co-directors, Natalie Koerner and Gianna Ledermann have backgrounds in architecture and art production, both having worked for Berlin-based Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. With an emphasis on art production as well as curatorial practice, Gold Cube Gallery is more than just an exhibition space. It encourages and facilitates collaborations between the artists and gallerists, and is involved in the art production process of it’s artists.
Hatty Morris’ exhibition Baboons and Other People begins Gold Cube’s program with her larger than life-sized charcoal animal drawings and sculptures. The drawings are based on 30cm tall papier mâché sculptures Morris made during a residency in Namibia, where she studied a population of Baboons. The large scale works draw from her memories and from the mediation of her own sculptural practice to produce portraits that, along with another drawing series of more abstracted baboons in profile, evoke and foreground personality over anatomy. In collaboration with Mona Carl who works with ideas of human versus animal perception and of nature versus man-made, the exhibition includes a sculptural series of life-sized candy coated baboon buttocks, evoking ideas of indulgence, excess, and revulsion. Baboons and Other People runs from August 15th to 18th.