Henning Strassburger

16_09_2016 : 12_11_2016

2 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

3 - Henning Strassburger Low Trip 2016 oil and foam on canvas 140x100 cm - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2

4 - Henning Strassburger High Trip 2016 oil and foam on canvas 140x100 cm - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2

5 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

6 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

7 - Henning Strassburger Surviver Analyst 2016 oil and foam on canvas 200x140 cm - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2

9 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

10 - Henning Strassburger O.T. 2016 drawing - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2

11 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

12 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

13 - Henning Strassburger Speculative Fiction 2016 oil and foam on canvas 200x140 cm - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2

14 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

15 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

16 - Henning Strassburger Psycho Truth 2016 oil and foam on canvas 200x140 cm - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2

17 - Henning Strassburger Psycho Truth detail 2016 oil and foam on canvas 200x140 cm - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2

18 - Henning Strassburger Superet Exit System Installation View 2016 Studiolo Milan copia 2

19 - Henning Strassburger O.T. 2016 drawing - Courtesy Studiolo Milan copia 2
Photo: Filippo Armellin

Studiolo è lieto di presentare il primo solo-show di Henning Strassburger dal titolo Superet Exit System, a cura di Maria Chiara Valacchi.

In mostra sei grandi astrazioni inedite, caratterizzate dalla sovrapposizione compulsiva di forme e geometrie stridenti, sono disposte nello spazio per creare una quinta teatrale abitata da una sottesa ansia sociale, politica e morale. Sommariamente celate da tende dalla duplice funzione di display e schermo teorico, le tele manifestano sulla loro superficie elementi extra-pittorici come dollari ed escrescenze di schiuma che come piccoli agglomerati sembrano germinare per invadere lo spazio.

Strassburger percepisce lo stadio ansiogeno dovuto al sovraccarico di informazione mediatica al quale siamo tutti quotidianamente sollecitati, un Angst – dal tedesco “paura” – che riflette sullo stato di angoscia della società occidentale, sottoposta a sistemi collettivi ed economici palesemente implosi e imposti da paesi ritenuti baluardi di forza e sviluppo.

Qualunque apparente ottimismo perde la sua forza al di là di un candido drappo di stoffa, che diventa allegoria che maschera depressione e simbolo di una condizione sul crinale tra desiderio di sopravvivenza e collasso: una precarietà trasferita su opere dal forte impatto informale, che lascia spazio solo a un senso di candore superficiale.

Il Titolo Superet Exit System, che prende il nome dalla dottrina religiosa americana Superet Light Doctrine Church, nata a Los Angeles dalla folgorazione di una devota, ne costituisce la perfetta descrizione. Il miraggio di un bagliore nel buio diventa un’emanazione luminosa che confonde e “cela [...] per troppa luce” (Dante, Paradiso, V, 133-134) la cruda verità, ma che al tempo stesso costituisce l’unica via di salvezza possibile.

Studiolo is pleased to present Henning Strassburger’s first solo show titled ‘Superet Exit Systems’, curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi.

In this exhibition, six large and never-before-seen abstractions, characterised by the compulsive superimposition of jarring forms and geometries, are arranged in space to create a theatrical stage inhabited by an underlying social, political, and moral anxiety. These works, roughly concealed behind curtains which fulfil the double role of display and theoretical screen, reveal on their surface elements beyond the pictorial, like dollar bills and bubbles of foam, which seem to germinate from the canvasses as if to invade, in small agglomerates, the entire space.

Strassburger discerns a communal and anxiety-inducing mood, originated from the blurred onslaught of media information which solicits us all daily; a state of anguish or Angst — the German word for fear — that contemplates the dread of a society, the Western one specifically, subjected to collective systems and economies which have blatantly imploded and are imposed by countries considered bastions of strength and development.

Any seeming optimism loses its force behind the face of a candid and delicate cloth, allegory of a dissimulative and superficial attitude that masks depression and a condition poised between survival and collapse; in addition to the pieces’ strongly informal impact, a sense of precariousness is thus transferred onto them — in the violence of the execution the works leave room for a concealed sense of superficial directness. 

The title ‘Superet Exit Systems’, which comes from the name of a singular American religious tenet,‘The Superet Light Doctrine Church’, born in Los Angeles from the devotion of a woman struck with divine light, is the perfect description. The mirage of a flash in the darkness is nothing but a filter, a luminous emancipation which confuses and ‘conceals […] due to an excess of light’ (Dante, Paradiso, V, 133-134) the raw truth, but which nevertheless sends us towards the only possible system of escape. 

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Henning Strassburger
Meißen, 1983 - lives and works in Berlin

2006 – 2009
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Prof. Albert Oehlen, Germany

 

Selected Solo and Two Person: 2016 Bleaching is Teaching, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Superet Light, Soy Capitán, Berlin; 2015 Dirt Club, BolteLang, Zurich, Biographical Paintings of Love and Hate, Annarumma, Naples, Think Tank, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Pool, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; 2014 Strike the Pose, Soy Capitan, Berlin, What this does, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin; 2013 The Revenge of the Double X Factor, Provinz Edition Essen (with Hans-Jorg Mayer); 2012 Indexternal, Soy Capitan, Berlin, I am a Girl, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, So Athletic, with Wendy White, Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e. V., Berlin; 2011 Image, Galerie Fiebach, Minninger, Cologne, New Paintings, Christopher West Presents Gallery, Indianapolis, SoftiDrink, Kunstverein Heppenheim; 2010 Good Old Figuration, Kunstsammlung Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main; 2009 A Kansas City Shuffle, Verein fuer Raum und Form in der bildenden Kunst, Vienna, Die Neue Härte, Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg.

Selected Group Exhibitions: 2015 Artists against Aids, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Adrian Buschmann, Mia Marfurt, Henning Strassburger, Tyra Tingleff, Studiolo, Milan; 2014 New Associations, SALTS, Birsfelden, Hausreste, curated by Albert Oehlen, Haus der Kunst, Solothurn, Wo ist hier?, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Charlotte Herzig, Tobias Spichtig, Henning Strassburger, BolteLang, Zurich, Luggage and observations, curated by Christian Malycha, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart, Unfinished Season, curated by Marc LeBlanc, Galerie Nagel+Draxler, Cologne; 2013 Come, All Ye Faithful, curated by Carson Chan, Showroom Florian Christopher, Zurich, The Digital Divide by Henning Strassburger, Sies + Hoeke, Dusseldorf, In The Studio | Part of ReMap 4, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Berlin.Status(2), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Freie Sicht, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Provinz Editionen, Galerie Vera Gliem, Cologne, Get off the lawn, Parade Ground New York, Deep Cuts, curated by Wendy White and David Huphrey at Anna Kustera Gallery, New York; 2012 Bilderladen DuMont-Carré, Galerie Christian Nagel and Fiebach, Minninger, Cologne, Paradise City, Autocenter, Berlin, Lutz Braun, Andreas Diefenbach, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Henning Strassburger, Galerie Christian Nagel and Fiebach, Minninger, Cologne; 2011 „Abstract Ilona“ Berresheim-Butzer-Strassburger-v.Ostrowski, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin, INDEX11, Kunsthaus Hamburg, MDFA – Sammlung im Alpenhof, Alpenhof Oberegg.

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