For the first show of 2018 RAUMX is presenting Scottish Painter Alan Johnston and German painter Sebastian Dannenberg. In their work both artists are directly working with found spatial conditions .
Alan Johnston “My work explores spatial contexts and relations through drawing and architectural construction, reflecting on the spatial and tactual implications in architecture where perceptual notions are rendered as common factors in sight and touch. This field is closely related to the work of Patrick Geddes, ‘Philosophical Generalism’, and ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. This is a comparative context which has its roots in the practice of art, architecture and visual thinking in the West and the East, and relates to concepts and practices such as Wabi Sabi. I engage in collaborative initiatives in art and architecture with Professor Shinichi Ogawa, Tokyo, and Neil Gillespie, Edinburgh.” http://www.barthacontemporary.com/exhibitions/alan-johnston-4/
Dannenberg draws his inspiration from journeys through the urban landscape, recording the ever-changing aspects of a city, it’s gentrification or it’s decline into despair. His main interest lies in the painting and it’s position in a space. Hereby he reflects on structural conditions of a painting, such as layers, construction and the painted he colour. In combining them in a different order, he simultaneously lays open those important elements. Dannenberg’s paintings are often situated where one would not expect a painting to be placed, such as corner; edges; lowered near the floor or high near the ceiling; sometimes hidden behind panels; under roofs and boxes. At other times a work could be standing tall upright in the middle of a wall, dominating the space. http://sebastiandannenberg.com/