G2 #7
C O L O R S   O F   D E S C E N T S
Tobias Hild / Julius Hofmann / Robert Seidel

Special Exhibition
25 May – 17 September 2017
Opening: Wednesday 24 May 2017, 6–9pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday 27 June 2017, 6.30pm

 

 

The exhibition COLORS OF DESCENTS presents three positions in painting, that share influences from the visual structures of early 1990s computer-game graphics. The artists Tobias Hild, Julius Hofmann and Robert Seidel are graduates of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig and their work is presented together for the first time at G2 Kunsthalle. Using different strategies of appropriation they draw on a repertoire of video-game scenarios, a field whose relevance to the development of visual art has yet only been marginally acknowledged.

The title COLORS OF DESCENTS refers to the fact that the work of all three artists shares reminiscences and relations to deeply essential, lasting memories and experiences of »hidden« worlds. The »depths« (into which their descents plunge) stand for the dark, unknown spheres beyond the realities of our lives, a world into which the first generation of digital games dragged you via the black background of the screen. The exhibition explores the question of how painterly approaches, rooted in a narrative tradition, can reflect phenomena of collective (youth culture) memory. The speed of digital media – in particular in the world of gaming – forms a contrast to the slowness, or the focus, that the medium of painting demands of the viewer.

Tobias Hild, born 1979 in Herborn/Hesse, lives and works in Leipzig. Education: 2007–2010 »Meisterschüler« (postgraduate) with Annette Schröter, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, 2005–2007 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (class of Sighard Gille), 2000–2004 University Duisburg-Essen, Awards: 2012 work fellowship of the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Solo exhibitions (selection): 2016 Museum Junge Kunst Frankfurt/Oder, 2012 V8 Plattform für neue Kunst Karlsruhe, 2010 Bruch & Dallas Cologne. Group shows (selection): 2016 Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, 2015 Kunstverein Duisburg, 2013 Appels Gallery Amsterdam, 2011 Kunstverein Freiburg.

Julius Hofmann, born 1983 in Göttingen, lives and works near Göttingen. Education: 2005–2011 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (classes of Neo Rauch and Heribert C. Ottersbach. Solo exhibitions (selection): 2016 SSZ Süd Gallery Cologne, 2015 Ornis A Gallery Amsterdam, 2015 Galerie Kleindienst Leipzig, 2014 Villa Katzorke Essen, 2011 UNC Gallery Seoul/South Korea. Group shows (selection): 2016 Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi, 2016 Feinkunst Krüger Hamburg, 2016 Bayer Kulturhaus Leverkusen, 2015 Auf AEG Nuremberg, 2015 Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, 2014 Forum Kunst Rottweil, 2013 Museum Abtei Liesborn.

Robert Seidel, born 1983 in Grimma, lives and works in Leipzig. Education: 2009–2011 »Meisterschüler« (postgraduate) with Neo Rauch, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, 2003–2008 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (class of Neo Rauch), Awards: 2015 Marianne Defet grant, Nuremberg, 2013 De Ateliers short track artist residency (DASTR), Amsterdam, 2013 project fellowship, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, 2012 work fellowhip, Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn. Solo exhibitions (selection): 2016 Gerhard Hofland Amsterdam, 2016 ASPN Leipzig, 2015 Institut für Moderne Kunst Nuremberg. Group shows (selection): 2016 Kunsthalle Nuremberg, 2015 G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, 2015 Auf AEG Nuremberg, 2015 Esmoa Los Angeles, 2014 EIGEN + ART Lab Berlin, 2013 Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg.

press information

Reviews & articles (selection):
Tagesspiegel, 21 August 2017 (link to external source)
Independent Collectors, 2 August 2017 (link to external source)
Artrabbit, 23 June 2017 (link to external source)
Leipziger Volkszeitung, 21 June 2017 (pdf)
Artsy, 6 June 2017 (link to external source)
ArtMapp Blog, 25 May 2017 (link to external source)

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    COLORS OF DESCENTS

  • COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info
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    COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info

  • Robert Seidel, Game Over, 2015, egg tempera on canvas, 300 x 210 cm, Collection Köstlin, Berlin © Robert Seidel, courtesy the artist & ASPN Galerie, Leipzig, photo: Uwe Walter
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    Robert Seidel, Game Over, 2015, egg tempera on canvas, 300 x 210 cm, Collection Köstlin, Berlin © Robert Seidel, courtesy the artist & ASPN Galerie, Leipzig, photo: Uwe Walter

  • COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info
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    COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info

  • Tobias Hild, No, No, 2015–17, oil on canvas, 190 x 240 cm © Tobias Hild, courtesy the artist, photo: Uwe Walter
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    Tobias Hild, No, No, 2015–17, oil on canvas, 190 x 240 cm © Tobias Hild, courtesy the artist, photo: Uwe Walter

  • COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info
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    COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info

  • COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info
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    COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info

  • COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info
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    COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info

  • COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info
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    COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info

  • COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info
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    COLORS OF DESCENTS – Tobias Hild / Robert Seidel / Julius Hofmann, 25 May – 17 September 2017, G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig © the artists & G2 Kunsthalle Leipzig, photo: Dotgain.info

  • Julius Hofmann, Might of Young Engines (installation view), part II, 2017, Video/Animation, 18 1/2 min © Julius Hofmann, courtesy 	the artist & Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
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    Julius Hofmann, Might of Young Engines (installation view), part II, 2017, Video/Animation, 18 1/2 min © Julius Hofmann, courtesy the artist & Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig

  • Julius Hofmann, Might of Young Engines (filmstill), part II, 2017, Video/Animation, 18 1/2 min © Julius Hofmann, courtesy 	the artist & Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
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    Julius Hofmann, Might of Young Engines (filmstill), part II, 2017, Video/Animation, 18 1/2 min © Julius Hofmann, courtesy the artist & Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig

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