This month, Galleri Heike Arndt DK is presenting ‘Hindsight’, an exhibition of selected works by Berlin-based artists Henry Stöcker, Poul R. Weile and Michael Kain. The non-profit gallery exists as a platform for contemporary artists with ties to both Germany and the Scandinavian countries to exhibit work together and engage in a cross-cultural dialogue. In ‘Hindsight’, ideas of retrospect and experience are integral. The three artists have produced work in the context of numerous significant changes in Europe, and have been influenced by their own explorations of a wealth of creative processes.
‘Hindsight’ presents Stöcker’s sculptural works and a number of the preliminary drawings through which they were developed. His sculptures reference the extensive biological studies of his youth, and through playful forms they test the viewer to seek something recognisable, bringing to life biomorphic shapes that may otherwise only have been seen under a microscope. Weile’s mixed-media and collage pieces are characterised by a fusion of fine art and kitsch. He creates a weird and wonderful environment for a found image, often the nude or erotic female form, reflecting the curiosity that has led him to push boundaries in his own expression of visual art.
The exhibition also displays a selection of Kain’s large abstract paintings, most of which are in keeping with modernist values of pure painting, built up with multiple layers of thick oil paint. Others are a reflection on his artistic education at Berlin’s Kunsthochschule, during which he was primarily a figurative artist, with ‘Hindsight’ presenting a number of his smaller abstract portraiture pieces. The exhibition offers a journey through multiple directions in artistic expression, capturing each artist’s experience and personal nostalgias.
The ‘Hindsight’ exhibition opening on October 5th coincides with Scandinavian Meeting Point, the gallery’s monthly event which provides a cultural and social gathering opportunity in the context of an art space.