Sunday, London
Veronika Hilger & Anna Vogel

October 03 - 06, 2019

In her paintings which oscillate between figuration and abstraction, Veronika Hilger addresses classical subjects such as landscape, still life and portrait. The artist does not separate these genres clearly from each other and she does not make it easy for the spectator to decide whether he or she is standing in front of a landscape-like portrait or a landscape that appears to be a still life.
Ultimately this decision is not relevant for Veronika Hilger. On the contrary, she seeks answers to fundamental questions concerning the nature and meaning of painting in its formal, technical and conceptual realization. She arranges, moves, layers and alters picture elements through a very slow painting process until the outcome feels ‘natural’ to her. In this way, nature serves to explore the processes and possibilities of painting, not the other way around.
For some time, the artist is also concerned with ideas of form, materiality, perspective, color, structure and coating in a sculptural way. Her ceramic objects are closely linked to painting and take up many of it’s working approaches. The sensibility and care in the handling of color, brush style and surface is transferred in three-dimensional space. Veronika Hilger creates autonomous shapes, which appear te be referring to her paintings as they originate from the same repertoire of forms.

Anna Vogel creates photos or combinations of photography, drawing and print, thematically dealing with digital communication. religion, history and biology. The investigation of these contents is accompanied by a richly imaginative playing with the medium of photography that self confidently transcends the traditional borders of the genre. Vogel herself took some of the photographs on which her works are based; she found others online or created them herself digitally. Her subjects undergo a large number of analog and digital processes of image editing. She retouches certain visual elements or alters the pictorial composition. She makes use of traditional collage technique, expands the photographic space with the help of drafting tools and is not afraid to scratch the picture surface in a mechanical way. Upon a small space, with often succinct means, and without clearly revealing what exactly is being shown, Vogel’s works achieve an astounding auratic impact while setting in motion perceptual irritations and doubt. They show a world, which remains in the realms of vagueness. Landscapes that seem somehow familiar, but then again not. Settings that are known from somewhere, but nonetheless remain foreign, conveying a melancholic energy that oscillates between desire and discomfort.