Preview Berlin 2009

FEATURED ARTISTS: Karsten Konrad & Stephanie Backes


Karsten Konrad

Stephanie Backes

Opening Preview: September 24th  6 - 10 pm | Daily: September 25th - 27th 2009 1 - 8pm
Location: Flughafen Berlin Tempelhof, Haupthalle
                Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin

Exhibitors: For a complete list, please click here.

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is proud to present the a sculptural presentation of STEPHANIE BACKES and KARSTEN KONRAD at Preview Berlin, September 25 - 27th.

The five objects of Stephanie Backes resemble both creature and structure, where disparate materials--felt, wood, thread and beads--are grafted together to an extremely limited surface area. Their microscopic dimensions (all are under 6” high) connote real-world locations, as they plunge into the imaginative, teasing, but never embodying, associations of the insect and the architectural.  Backes’ exuberant color palette might contrast with the conscious restraint intrinsic to such structures.  Perhaps, however, this conflated duality allows a certain restive angle of repose, where fragility and autonomous insularity hint at a shrouded vitality.

Karsten Konrad’s work  is urbanity compacted;  the work is an amalgamation of an assorted stratum of discarded kitchen utensils, postwar furniture.  Availing himself of the existing palette of found furniture. The underlying existing structural framework, combined with the misaligned fragmentary pieces, makes for surprisingly tension-loaded forms.