exhibition recap "souls gone mad"
Mark Landwehr and Sven
After intensive preparation, the artistic duo Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk (Hong Kong/Hamburg) have found their way to their third solo exhibition in the United States at rotofugi gallery in Chicago.
The exhibition showcases new sculptures and photographs that will transport you to a unique world inspired by vague reminiscences of children's dreams. The works blur between dreams, nightmares and reality, telling a story of violation and influence on innocent souls.
All figures showcased in the exhibition are entirely sculpted and handcrafted from resin or fibreglass in the coarse studios in Hamburg and Hong Kong. Some are just single pieces and a few are in limited runs. Original art pieces are only available directly via rotofugi gallery.
Large photorealistic portraits of the main protagonists interact with the contemporary and rather reduced sculptures, submerging the audience even deeper into the characters.
The centrepiece of the show is the "soul shaker", a life-size installation inspired by paintings like "The Nightmare" by Henry Fuseli . The mechanical interpretation by Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk allows the visitor to use tokens to start the ride of the mare, a contraption modeled after the classic children’s rides which used to be found in front of supermarkets. The human sized machine is revealing its face of seduction and influence.
At the exhibition, coarse debuted the exclusive resin figure "dark sorrows." The 9.25" [23.5cm] tall solid resin piece is limited to 100 pieces. It depicts "Fever" cowered and wearing a mask of a horse face. It is a highly original and lyrical piece—a flashback of nightmarish visions.
The exhibition "souls gone mad" will run until December 3, 2012 at rotofugi gallery, 2780 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
About the artists
The German artists behind "coarse", Mark Landwehr and Sven Waschk, have become recognized by art collectors worldwide for their solo exhibitions in Chicago, Berlin and Taipei, showcasing original sculptures, paintings and photography.
Selected works, crafted in limited quantities from vinyl and fibreglass, are frequently released and are made available via gallery stores, selected retailers and the coarse online store.