HALF A POUND OF ART

In our annual exhibition series HALF A POUND OF ART we unite string positions of international artists who have something innovative to offer the art world. The exhibited works are exclusively small format with a maximum size of 50 x 50 cm. The exhibition does not follow a thematic curation, crucial factors are the size and excellence of the works. The medium is kept open and offers space for painting and sculpture, as well as for photography, installations, conceptual or video art. On display are outstanding works that challenge our viewing habits, works that awaken in us a love of detail and, above all, are characterized by technical sophistication. This exhibition is conceived as an homage to the small format - a sometimes underestimated but highly exciting format in which a maximum of technical expertise and creative refinement accumulates.

Katharina Andress, Yolanda Dorda, Kazuhiro Hori, Frank Krüger, Chris Leib, Alexandra Lukaschewitz, Susannah Martin, Tonino Mattu, Brigitte Pruchnow, Stylianos Schicho, Robin Whiteman, Wendelin Wolgemuth, Stefan Zsaitsits

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© Yolanda Dorda

Born in Barcelona, Yolanda Dorda grew up in A Coruña. She has always been linked, in one way or another, to art, which led her to begin her artistic studies at the Pablo Picasso School of Art, opting for sculpture as a specialization. It was in London that painting became her main means of expression. It was there that she came into contact with English painters and expressionism, and their influence was clear in her works. In her canvases you can appreciate a certain cosmopolitanism that comes from her English experience, but also from her time in New York, Barcelona and Slovenia, connecting with the artistic environment of these cities. Since its inception, in addition to her artistic residencies, Dorda has participated in numerous meetings of artists, being selected for workshops organized by the MACUF, and also by the CIEC Foundation. Furthermore, she has won numerous awards in many art competitions, and her work can be found in some important collections and institutions. During the last decade her works have been part of publications and individual and collective exhibitions all over the country. The expressive force of her brushstrokes, her digital collages and the sexual and feminine themes of her work, make her one of the most recognized artists on a national level. She has been featured in the latest editions of Art Madrid, in the contest Mujeres Mirando Mujeres,and since 2018 she has collaborated monthly with the German edition of the prestigious magazine Vogue with paintings in which female sexuality is exhibited without taboos.

© Wendelin Wolgemuth

Wendelin Wohlgemuth is a german-american oil-painter, who currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon, USA. He graduated at the Western Washington University in Studio Art B.A. With a minor in Philosophy, 2013. Wohlgemuths central interest is focused on the exploration of paradoxal function and oil paint. His canvases refer to oil paint in a dual sense: On the one hand its function, as an illusionistic, representing medium, after Alberti's fenestra aperta, is emphasized, on the other hand, the physical substance, the aspect of materiality is explained.

© Chris Leib

Chris Leib was born in Carmel, California where he currently lives and works. Leib's honorary degree in Anthropology and his diploma in Fine Arts from the Academy of Arts in San Francisco is to be seen in his work. His artistic work focuses on the investigation of Western documentary narratives and alternative realities. Through the symbolic use of astronauts and bonobo monkeys, humorous, often absurd scenarios are created which deal with power relations that seem natural to us. He transplants his characters into humorous scenarios that are often set in a historically significant environment, where they generally tamper with events as we know them.

© Alexandra Lukaschewitz

The Munich based artist Alexandra Lukaschewitz creates sculptures and pictures from paper. Growing up in the Bavarian alps she developed a deep love for nature and all it’s creatures. She also is deeply influenced by Science fiction, atomic age culture and natural sciences. Her anthropomorphic creatures quote pop culture as well as natural history. Blending these themes together to tell new stories as she treasures narrative. Her creations trigger empathy and a personal connection with the viewer. She has a fondness for the curious,the wonderful, the fragile. Her creations found homes with international collectors.

© Frank Krüger

Frank Krüger currently lives in Munich, Germany. He is a self-taught artist who works primarily in oil paints. In his small-format artworks he depicts the human, mostly female figure. The basis for his paintings is formed by photographs, from which he takes cut-outs to translate them into his artistic style. His style is characterized by a strong blur, while the motifs only become clearly visible by walking further away.

© Kazuhiro Hori

Kazuhiro Hori was born in Japan in 1969. He graduated from Kanazawa College of Art. With painting as his main discipline, he portrays a certain nightmare vision of adolescence in his troubling works. The surrealist paintings of the Japanese artist depict young girls in colorful environments filled with soft toys and sweets. Upon second glance, the viewer realizes the toys might be villainous and ill intentioned, preying upon the hapless girls. The created contrast is disturbing and directly inspired by some traditional Shunga Japanese erotic prints. Hiros disturbingly portrays the contrast of cuteness and the innocence of these young girls, while commenting upon the darker rites of passage into sexuality and womanhood. He also uses these motifs to insert associations with the cultural norms and oddities of Japanese culture. He received several prizes, e.g. the Incentive Prize at the Dokuritsu Exhibition 2014.

© Stefan Zsaitsits

The Austrian artist Stefan Zsaitsits currently lives and works near Vienna. After graduating from the University of Applied Arts Vienna in 2006, he received several awards, including the Art Austria Award 2014. Zsaitsits dedicates his artistic work to drawing, more specifically to graphite drawing, and with its help explores the soul life of the protagonists depicted. His works are particularly characterized by technical refinement in their realization. His pencil style fluctuates from coarse, firm strokes to delicate, filigree touches. His works can be found in national and international private and museum collections such as the collections of the Albertina Vienna, the collection of the City of Vienna as well as in various Austrian State Collections.

"As far as the visual arts are concerned, I believe that drawing is the medium that comes closest to human thought. In my works of art, I try to facilitate the vital questions without neglecting the daily problems of man. From the big picture to the small and vice versa. From wanderings to concrete ideas. From worldly everyday life to the search for meaning. Order and chaos as unity in my head."