The exhibition is the expression of four gifted generation Y artists (or millennials). They grew up in an electronics-filled and increasingly online, digital and socially-networked world. Due to media such as television, internet and social media, they have been processing constant pictorial impressions since childhood. The exhibition is a room with a view on their confrontation with the many different media impressions.
The openness of the millennials creates exciting works that capture and reflect the zeitgeist of their generation. It is especially exciting to see how each of the four young artists take in the impressions, play with them and recreate them. The depictions range from simplification and abstraction of forms to caricatural and almost grotesque figurative impressions. Follow us and dare to enter in the world of these young promising millennials.
The four selected artists for this exhibition is a good representation of talented millennials in their graduation period at the Art Academy Düsseldorf, one of the best academies in the world. The academy has produced many famous alumni such as Joseph Beuys, Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter and Thomas Ruff to name a few.
Niels Plata (1992, Germany)
Todays’ society phenomena inspires his latest work. This may be a bizarre event reported on television or a new invention being advertised on the Internet. However, it can also be about the reproduction of a social trend that should be questioned. The depictions serve as a kind of mirror that reflects society in a grotesque way and are influenced by death metal music and horror movies. By distorting the faces and blending different gender characteristics, each viewer is free to identify with the protagonists in the images.
Mikkel Pedersen (1987, Denmark)
His paintings try to give form to the stories or universal themes that he considers important and is able to tell. Sometimes the source or spark comes from an inner image. Sometimes it’s in the surrounding imagery or in the face of a person. Sometimes that story is a combination of all of these things.
Michel Gomm (1997, Germany)
The paintings are small scale works that are often made by collaging different materials within a slow long time process on the surface of the painting. All works are containing certain informations that are rather readable than self explaining. The paintings are more a physical object than being an illusionary representation. The paintings are how we perceive and may have to newly define our understanding of reality within the digital age.
Ryo Kinoshita (1985, Japan)
His work looks abstract with incorporated symbolic elements, such as ropes that you often find in Japanese temples. The ropes form the boundary between the sacred and the profane. He works in both 2D and 3D.