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Toptermine: Brent Wadden, Andrea Branzi, and More From the Berlin Art Scene

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Andrea Branzi at Isabelle Bortolozzi
For “oggetti, territori, volatili” (objects, territories, birds), Italian architect and designer Andrea Branzi shows new arrangements and compositions that defy classification as art or design, installation, sculpture, or object. Known for his involvement in 60s design movements such as the Italian Radical Architecture movement and Superarchitettura, the now 74 year old Branzi continues to focus on mixing natural elements — a piece of un-split wood, flowers, or living birds — with quotidian manmade objects — paint cans or a whicker basket — and high design glass features. The effort is right on-cue for current discourse both within the design and art fields: a need to bring practice and product back into context rather than fetishizing them in the white cube.

Brent Wadden at Peres Projects
After pegging Wadden as a young artist to watch last summer based on his highly covetable geometric paintings, ARTINFO’s been keeping a close eye on the Canadian, Berlin-based artist. His development hasn’t failed to impress. For his first solo show at Peres Projects, aptly titled “About Time,” Wadden shows a selection of new black, white, cream and grey, geometric, stretched weavings. Already a hit at international fairs this past winter and spring, anticipation for the Berlin show is extremely high.

Amalia Pica at Johann Koenig
Pica’s first exhibition with the gallery, “Low Visibility” features a performance, sculptures, and works on paper that test the limits of meaning-making. “Shutter telegraph (as seen on TV)” which takes the challenge as one quite physical, mimicking a light-based Morse code system that was utterly dependent on clear skies and clean sightlines (maybe not the most urgent conditions for effective transfer of information), while her sculpture series “(Catechresis)” takes up a semiotic investigation of objects for which there is no name but only a metaphor (i.e. a leg of a chair). Each day at 2:30pm and at 7:30pm during the opening, a performer will also recount their week in minute detail while jumping rope until panting and words become jumbled into something more like sound art than narrative.

SATURDAY

Christopher Kline at Lüttgenmeijer
Also opening his first Berlin solo Gallery show this weekend, Christorpher Kline (half of project space Kinderhook & Caracas) presents a new body of work under the title, “Labyrinths.” The oil pastel on burlap paintings at Lüttgenmeijer riff on Op art, geometric abstraction, and Missoni-like textile design. It’s a move of reduction from previous cloth collages reminiscent of Noa Eshkol, homing in on line and color whilst pushing away the tactile and canny connotations of disused fabric.

[Image: Andrea Branzi, "Voliera Pergamo 2," 2013; Courtesy the artist, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin]


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