The title roughly translates to “the patience of paper”, which, in a way is what the work on display is testing, with a wide range of paper-based pieces and mediums in use, including paintings, drawings, photography, papier-mâché sculpture and collage. The exhibiting artists have been spending time in Manchester, while installing the show, and also established a small residency with PAPER Gallery ahead of the exhibition opening.
Die Geduld des Papiers features nine artists: Alke Brinkmann, Thilo Droste, Juliane Duda, Nathalie Grenzhaeuser, Harriet Groß, Gabriele Künne, Matthias Moravek, Enrico Niemann and Maja Rohwetter.
The Axel Obiger gallery is a space for contemporary art founded in 2009 and since its beginnings it has been displaying two-person and thematic exhibitions which encourage encounters and dialogue between the nine permanent artist members, while also inviting guest artists and curators. Axel Obiger is concerned with culturally and socially-relevant subject matter expressed through the diverse languages of art. As a hub of artistic activity, the gallery’s collaboration with PAPER Gallery seems like a fantastic art match, prompting conversations and an exploration of international artistic concerns.
Highlights of Die Geduld des Papiers include Gabriele Kuenne’s papier mâché sculptures in smooth satisfying forms resembling Henry Moore’s stone carved pieces, as well as Maja Rohwetter’s carefully composed collages. Nathalie Grenzhaeuser’s Black Ice Series, 2016 is a collection of black and white photographs of fluid, organic and alien forms that sit somewhere between microscopic and satellite imagery.
Don’t miss this collaborative show that brings a little bit of the Berlin art world to Manchester and encourages fascinating discourse between the two.
Axel Obiger presents: Die Geduld des Papiers at PAPER Gallery is open every Saturday, 11am-5pm.