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Looking Glass

Museum of the University Tübingen / Ancient Cultures, Tübingen, 06.05.2022 – 16.05.2022
The presentation “Looking Glass” consisted of drawings attached as partially transparent prints on foil to the display cases of the Museum Ancient Cultures in Tübingen. The drawings and their positioning picked up on both spatial and content-related aspects of the collection: Figures immersed in contemplation are juxtaposed with fragmentary representations of selected objects from the collection. The connecting element is formed by the gazes of the figurative representations. A limited edition booklet was available for free as part of the exhibition. It contains drawings and a text by art historian David Kühner.

Museum display cases filled with greek vases and sculptures, a drawing of a female figure is glued to the glass of the display case
Museum display cases filled with greek vases and sculptures, a drawing of a female figure is glued to the glass of the display case
Museum display cases filled with greek vases and sculptures, a drawing of a group of men observing each other is glued to the glass of the display case
Museum display cases filled with greek vases and sculptures, a drawing of a group of men observing each other is glued to the glass of the display case
Museum display cases filled with greek vases and sculptures, a drawing of a female figure holding a mobile is glued to the glass of the display case
Museum display cases filled with greek vases and sculptures, drawings of a male figure and a stylized lion's head are glued to the glass of the display case
Museum display cases filled with greek vases and sculptures, a drawing of a male figure is glued to the glass of the display case

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re:working archives

PLATFORM, Munich, 02.02.2022 – 18.02.2022

The group show “re:working archives” brought together work by artists Dominik Bais, Cana Bilir-Meier, Philipp Gufler, Hyesun Jung and myself, which alter, revise or redefine common notions of the archive. The artworks were shown alongside representative loans from independent (non-governmental) archives AAP Archive Artist Publications and Forum Queeres Archiv München e.V.. By doing so, curator Julia Wittmann presented history and its archiving as an unfinished construct. Exhibition views by Manuel Nieberle.

A person in black with a red bag standing in a gallery space infront of a table with four paintings hanging on the wall behind it
A gallery space with white walls, a grey floor, two long tables and six small paintings hanging on a wall
Five paintings of hands holding books on white walls
Many different artists books laying on a big white table
A group of people sitting at a large white table reading in different books with paintings hanging in the background

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Take Your Time

Boutwell Schabrowsky, Munich, 06.05.2021 – 12.06.2021
The solo exhibition “Take your time” presented 40 works from the series “A—Z”, lined up in regular intervals on the walls of the gallery. Two texts and a film accompanied the exhibition. The essays “The Space of Translation” by Peter Westwood and “Repeatedly Reaching For Questions Not Quite to Grasp” by Johanna Strobel deal with media translation processes and the relationship of reproduction and original. The film “How To”, made in collaboration with filmmaker Max Boutwell Draper, restages various processes leading up to the exhibition and is narrated by a voiceover that provides detailed instructions on how to produce the paintings shown in the exhibition.

A gallery space with white walls, a wooden floor and ten small paintings hanging on the wall
A gallery space with six paintings on the wall, a window to the left and a door to the right
Five paintings of hands holding books on white walls, a blue and a yellow book in the foreground
Eight paintings of hands holding books on white walls
Three paintings of hands holding books on white walls
A view of a gallery space with several paintings and a large window looking onto a street
A painting of a hand holding a book hanging on a column with a view of bushes and a street seen through a large window in the background

Text

Repeatedly Reaching For Answers Not Quite to Grasp, Johanna Strobel

Figuratively speaking I imagine Jonah’s paintings being on the high noon position of a circular line of image distribution; as if his works would surface from a referential stock archive to take a deep breath before becoming references for subsequent works or diving back as documentation jpegs into Hito Steyerl’s swarm circulation of the poor image where there is no tracing back to a primary original anymore (Steyerl, 2009). While Jonah’s handcrafted paintings are inherently as authentic and unique as can be, their motifs come from a long lineage of simultaneous reproductions of similar versions and reaffirmations that don’t allow a tracing back of what references what.

Text

The Space of Translation, Peter Westwood

The act of making a translation might be thought of as seeking the real or endeavoring to find veracity. However, given its interpretive nature, a translation, and its original text can also be thought of as slightly uneven parallel acquaintances, cohabiting a space made discernable for its atmosphere of variation and difference. Positing translation as essentially embedded within every act of speech, Mexican poet Octavio Paz, asserts that primacy and stability within a text are always in doubt. Paz questions the hierarchical relationships between original and translation, claiming that ‘...all texts are original because every text is distinctive.’ (Barnstone 1992, p. 5).

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Image Runner

Galerie der Künstler:innen, Munich, 08.09.2020 – 04.10.2020
The presentation “Image Runner” was part of the series Debutant:innen by Berufsverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler München und Oberbayern e. V. In addition to my works, individual presentations by Helena Pho Duc and the artist duo Hennicker-Schmidt were on view in the gallery space. These were complemented by the artists' individual publications. “Image Runner” was accompanied by the eponymous publication, published by Hammann von Mier Verlag. I additionally showed five large-scale works on canvas and nine works on paper from the series “Key Operators”.

Exhibition views by Asja Schubert.

Two blue paintings hanging in a large gallery space with an open arch leading to a second space
A blue painting of a young man laying in bed looking at a brightly lit laptop screen with a second painting seen through an open arch in the background left of the painting
A blue painting of a young man laying in bed looking at a brightly lit laptop screen
A large painting of a man standing at a photocopier in a library hung in a large gallery space
A group of nine framed watercolours hung on a white wall to the right and a large blue painting seen through an open arch in a second space on the left
A group of nine framed watercolours hung on a white wall to the left and a single framed watercolour painting hung on a wall to the right
A group of nine framed watercolours hung on a white wall

Text

Man in office making copies using photocopier, Juliane Bischoff

Jonah Gebka’s publication “Image Runner” is based on a series of drawings and copies that he has produced and developed in the last three years. They show apparently typical actions and gestures of office work, generic pictures of white-collar work without any specific context and not set at any exact point in time, but which are undeniably connected to the present. At this moment, in June 2020, they even resonate with the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, a collective state of being isolated and bound to a restricted living and working environment. In this text I examine, in relation to Jonah’s publication, aspects of production, reproduction and the processing of pictures, the visibility and invisibility of work within power structures, and the embodiment of social norms and standardizations.

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How To

Galerie der Künstler:innen, Munich, 25.06.2019 – 30.06.2019
Part of the group show “Tacker”. I presented nine works of the series “Alternatives” as well as the publication “How To”. The series shows concrete actions, such as copying, vacuuming or raking leaves. The multiple realization of these motifs in paint and the resulting, slightly different images are installed on the wall as an interrupted sequence. The take away publication “How To” was located in a sober brochure box attached to the wall. It combines found representations from various assembly instructions with my own drawings. The instructions informational aesthetics are progressively called into question by their repetition, distortion and exaggerated juxtaposition.

Five paintings of of men raking leaves and hoovering a sofa hanging on the walls of a light flooded gallery
Five paintings of of men raking leaves and hoovering a sofa hanging on the walls of a gallery
A painting of a man photocopying and a booklet with drawings hanging on the walls of a gallery
A painting of a man photocopying hanging on the wall of a gallery

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Diploma

Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, 07.02.2018 – 11.02.2018
A selection of small-format works on paper, the series “Background” consisting of 24 parts, and the publication “Companion” were on view at my diploma show. The works dealt with questions of reproduction as well as the relationship between motif and edge of an image. In addition to empty landscape views, whose romantic promise is broken by analog and mechanical reproductions, some of the works show busy men pursuing ordering activities. In the take away publication “Companion” two anonymous protagonists talk about the surface of a picture-like object.

Exhibition views by Sebastian Schels.

An white exhibition space with a row of five paintings on the left and a large group of paintings on the right
Twenty-four similar paintings of a group of trees hung in four rows of six
A row of five paintings on a white wall with a door leading to another room on the right
A drawing of a man holding a lamp and a green-monochrome watercolour painting of a forest hung on a white wall
An ink-drawing of empty canvas in a forest, an acrylic painting of a man raking leaves and a purple watercolour of a tree falling
A watercolour painting of a man in a checkered suit lying on a checkered cover on grass hanging on a white wall