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Upcoming:

The Forage

May 30 – June 1, 2020
Sculpture route in Berlin Kreuzberg

With Nicoleta Auersperg, Liesel Burisch, Andrés Felipe Uribe Cárdenas, Kitsum Cheng, Lennart Constant, Sofia Duchovny, Alyssa Dusevic, Max Eulitz, Mar Fjell & Malin Arnell, Francys Houlmann, Theresa Kampmeier, Alana Lake, Gabriela Lesmes López, Esper Postma & Maurits Koster, Maxine Puorro, Nerya Shohat, Amadeus Vogelsang and Mark Walker.

For some weeks now, moving about in parks and streets has remained the only possible leisurely activity outside our houses. Still, public space has become affected by measures of separation. The streets confront us with semi-legal guidelines and social taboos. We pay more attention to our bodies in the interaction with public space. Meanwhile, we have gotten fully saturated with digital approximations to viewing art at home. Amid these experiences, common space outside retains its value as a place to roam with all of our senses.

The Forage entangles itself in our relationship to the city and proposes some additions. The exhibition brings together a diverse group of Berlin-based artists making works that complement, embrace, question or subvert their direct environment. The artworks open up a playful interaction with the people passing by.

The Forage is an invitation to rummage, to wander, to queer the Kiez in search for these treasures – follow the map all across Kreuzberg!

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"Valume"

Margrit Barner, Alexander Norton, Mark Walker
Curated by Exgirlfriend
February 21st - March 15th

EXGIRLFRIEND Gallery
Lankwitzerstr. 14, 12107
By appointment

Opening Reception
Friday, February 21st @ 19.00

Calm is required but not wholly attainable. You like to window shop a few blocks down from your house, but there’s a feeling on the street where you once saw that fake paper bill stuck between the slats of a sewage drain. Is worry a tremor in the pits of our trunks—can you see the rings when our trees are chopped down? Small quakes can grow larger and become restless and erratic. Is that something like yearning– Or is that fatigue? Safety waits in the space between two close cuts. Does it tickle when you brush up against violence?

Exgirlfriend warmly welcomes you to join us for the opening reception of Valume, works by Margrit Barner, Alexander Norton, and Mark Walker– curated by Exgirlfriend. This is the eighth exhibition of the 2019/2020 cycle and it consists of works that uncover truths about various forms and degrees of violence as well as related themes, such as detachment, fear, trauma, safety, and damage. Valume is a phonetic play on the prescription drug Valium, aka Diazepam, which is administered or taken to produce a calming effect in the user, and a visual play on the word “value”, as value is given and taken away to all elements in our lives resulting in its own forms of violence. The exhibition focuses on violence as a persistent force, not always physical or explosive, but nevertheless consistently destructive– provoking, at the very least, a nausea-inducing feeling of unease.

Margrit Barner (b. 1987, DE) is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, video, and photography. She received her Masters in Architecture from TU Berlin under Professor Donatella Fioretti and worked as project leader for Duncan McCauley. She has designed exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum London and the Akademie der Ku?nste Berlin. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

Alexander Norton (b. 1990, UK) graduated from the University of Wales, Newport with a BA (hons) in Documentary Photography in 2012. She established Künstler, Künstlerin in 2018 and curates events, exhibitions and projects. Her work uses various mediums that apply to existential living observations. She has worked with Kreuzberg Pavillion, Project Space Festival Berlin, FU Review, Paper Journal, Splash and Grab Magazine, Festival of Future Nows and YET Magazine.She lives and works in Berlin.

Mark Walker (b. 1988, UK) graduated from the University of the Arts in London with his BA in Painting and the Staedelschule in Sculpture. He was part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries, A Foundation in Liverpool, and ICA in London. The works for this exhibition are from the series 'nnausea', sculptures inspired by a makeshift street weapon made from blades and coins meant for permanently scarring flesh, and continues to deal with perpetuation using iodine. This provides the viewer with a sensual, retinal, and mental experience where a corporeality is established symbolically as well as sensitively with the (literal) chemistry of the objects. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Text by Exgirlfriend

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Appearing unannounced
Rirkrit Tiravanija's studio at Tambon Nam-bo-luang, Chiangmai, Thailand.
Opening Saturday 17th November, 2018 3pm - 6pm
17th November, 2018 - 17th March 2019

Appearing unannounced
As a part of Painnale 2018, appearing unannounced is a group exhibition based on the idea of change, inconsistency and transition within the structure of a space.

In the context of daily life, the phrase ‘appearing unannounced’ refers to the arrival of unconfirmed guests, an unexpected occurrence triggering ripples of change. The exhibition ‘appearing unannounced’ focuses on the idea of transition, change and the investigation of possible repercussions of change. Manifesting in artistic strategies and techniques, ranging in subject matters from materiality to the sociopolitical.

All the artworks will be integrated into the studio space. As the exhibition runs in the background, the studio will be active and continue it's working situation. During the 4-month exhibition period, viewers are welcome to visit and see how the exhibition gradually changes with the usage of the studio.

Painnale is an organic organisation about art, cooperation with artists and creative, social-political activist networks. Aimed for possibilities expansion in the art exhibition and management, also create the cultural activity which is critical interactively on Thai contemporary society and politic. Moreover, Painnale encourages art knowledge exchange and open-access distribution, in collaboration with other individuals, organisation, and network. The main art festival "Painnale 2018: Lost Map" is being held in October. Appearing unannounced is a part of Painnale B, which consists of several art exhibitions around Chiangmai.

with new works by Lars Karl Becker, Edi Danartono/Niwat Manatpiyalert, Andreas Gloël, Siri Hagberg, Yuki Kishino, Yasuaki Kitagawa, Cheonghye Sophia Lee, Yong Xiang Li, Jieun Lim, Prae Pupityastaporn, Julia Schwadron, Atit Sornsongkram, Nolico Taki, Daniela Kneip Velescu, and Mark Walker

and additional works by Tanatchai Bandasak, Viriya Chotpanyavisut, Danaya Chulphuthiphong, Kittitorn Kasemkitvatana, Olan Netrangsi, Nontawat Numbenchapol, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, and Pam Virada
The exhibition was initiated by Paphonsak La-or and put together by Sathit Sattarasart with helps from a lot of great people.

further information : appearing.unannounced@gmail.com

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Drummer Boy Or S O S Or Canning Worms
Or Parting glass Or Float Or
Drifter Or Pig, Dog, Frog Or Reasonable Requests Or Push it up the hill Or Clearing the Land Or
Ready for winter Or Hyena Devours the Wild Or
Seven Pointed Sky Or From Russia with love Or
Nude Decending a Staircase Or Love Thy Neighbour Or
Carrot and Stick Or Subprime Loans Or
Global Resurrection Or Money meets Product Or
Marching to a cull Or Change all markets Or Rock Solid
Or Iron teeth Or Become Corruption Or
Spoils of war Or Travelers Or Remover of Obstacles
Or The Good Earth Or Bright Eyes Or
Master Patient Or New Rules Or Civil War
Or Health Or Safety Or

Opening: Sunday 18th November, 2018, 1- 6pm
19/11/18 - 16/12/18
VirchowStrasse 6, 10249 Berlin
52°31'32.8"N 13°26'29.9"E
Economy Projects
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Apéritif

Apéritif, Kurfürstenstraße 14, 10785, Berlin, Germany
Opening 18-21h, 12th October, 2018
13/10/18 - onwards.

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nnausea

PRETEXTO Pasto, Narino, Colombia
March 10th to March 27th 2018.

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An urge to convey something one feels, trying to sincerely communicate a lucid thought or emotion.
‘Have others done this, I feel something but am I being tricked?’
Then a doubt in the possibility of expression, seeing that true communication is impossible. Everything is misunderstood has to be explained in a literal way but the language breaks down and can’t rightly convey the intended meaning.
‘I can’t do this it’s impossible, everything fails.’
But working through this impossibility and frustration of what to do in this situation, with a sense of failure.
‘An enduring through the pitiless onslaught of time and making continuous attempts at communication, to each time failing but to failing better.’
Failure is now becoming inherent in my practice, so inherent it becomes woven into the fabric of the works.
This leading to tragic-comic play, toying with a way back into attempts at expression again that will always fail. Between this painful failure and an optimism of getting closer to expression, one may as well or has to resort to telling jokes or play games, gotta do something, keep going, accomplishing little, but going on, endure. Or talking about time, as if there is nothing left to talk about other than the passage of time, where all will decay into chaotic disorder.
Working with doubt comes from misunderstanding or being misunderstood, experiencing this not knowing or being able to know. Then finding art and making art where the misunderstanding is benign. Working with preconceived failure is a way to deal with the feeling I don’t understand and can’t be understood, possibly this inability could be understood. Through a process of working with objects, their function, material and duration to make sculptures, I am wanting to achieve, not a transcendental magic moment or true connection but some kind of twist or kick, a disturbance that can rupture perception.

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Born in 1988 in Nottingham, UK
Lives and works between Berlin (DE) and Nottingham (UK)

Contact
walkermark@protonmail.com

Exhibitions

Valume, EXGIRLFRIEND, Berlin, Germany, 21st February to 15th March 2020

Appearing unannounced, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s studio at Tambon Nam-bo-luang, Chiangmai, Thailand.
17th November, 2018 to 17th March 2019

Apéritif, Apéritif, Berlin, Germany, 13th October 2018 to 11th January 2019.

nnausea, PRETEXTO, Pasto, Colombia, 10th to 24th March 2018

EBC – East Midlands Today, Two Queens, Leicester, United Kingdom, 22nd to 29th July 2017

INterLandaje, Kiosko Galeria, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 16th November to 28th December 2016

FUNNY THE plants, Husslehof, Frankfurt am Main, 16th to 19th April 2016

Shared Flat, Hospitality, Köln, 16th to 22nd April 2016

Where I was tomorrow is where I am today, where I would be yesterday. Cave3000, Berlin, 20th to 22 November 2015

ÜBERMORGENKÜNSTLER, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 10th July to 4th October, 2015

Idiotsyncracies, Schau Fenster, Berlin, 23rd May to 14th June 2015

City Museum Hofheim, 9th May to 07th June 2015

Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 12th to 15th February 2015

Pashmina, MMK, Frankfurt a.M., 9th July to 10th August 2014

Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 8th to 10th February 2014

Dirt Talk 2, Kenzo, Frankfurt a.M. 11th April to 12th April 2013

Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 8th to 10th February 2013

?, Solalanotte, Frankfurt a,M, 23rd January to 3rd February 2013

Feuchters Schwämme, Luminale, Nordlicht Licht- und Werbetechnik GmbH, Offenbach, 15th to 20th April 2012

Rundgang Städelschule, Frankfurt a.M. 10th to 12th February 2012

pomp - Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, 3rd to 18th February 2011

Versailles - The Gallery in Redchurch St. London, 9th to 13th February 2011

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2010- A Foundation, Liverpool, 18th September to 13th November 2010 - ICA, London 26th November 2010 to 23rd January 2011

Snakes – Former Alliance Gallery, London – 16th to 18th August 2010

South East Art Feast – Utrophia Project Space, London – 15th to 31st July 2010

Camberwell College of Art Degree Show 2010, London -21st to 27th June 2010

Round 1 Exhibition – The Marlborough, London – 5th March 2010

139/5 – Trinity Buoy Wharf, London – 20th to 23rd May 2009

PanicRoom – The Foundry, London – 26th to 28th February 2009

Awards

Painter-Stainers’ Award in Easel Painting – 2010

Education

2011- 2014, Class of Tobias Rehberger, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste -
Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany

2007-10,1st class BA (honours) Painting, Camberwell College of Art, University of the Arts
London, London, UK

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