Adam Chad Brody
Adrian Buschmann
Adrian Piper
Adrien Chevalley
Aids-3d
Alex Hubbard
Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
BFFA3AE
Bless Oscar Magnuson Mykita
Brock Enright
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
Hans Isaksson
Hayal Pozanti
Hunter Chamberlain
Iris Touliatou
Ivan Comas
Jala Wahid
James Howard
Jan Håfström
Jason Simon
Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville
Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Langundtroia
Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
Margo Trushina
Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
Neil Beloufa
Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
Otto Piene
Paul Cowan
Pauline Beaudemont
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Petros Moris
Piotr Łakomy
Rainer Ganahl
Ramaya Tegegne
Richard Frater
Rindon Johnson
Robert Powell
Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf
Shade Therét
Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
Adam Chad Brody
Adrian Buschmann
Adrian Piper
Adrien Chevalley
Aids-3d
Alex Hubbard
Ali Kepenek
Amy Yao
BFFA3AE
Bless Oscar Magnuson Mykita
Brock Enright
The Bruce High Quality Foundation
Charlotte Herzig
Chris Succo
Christine De La Garenne
Christopher Füllemann
Dan Shaw-Town
Daniel Keller
Dave Mcdermott
David Adamo
David Hendren
Davide Balula
Debora Delmar Corp.
Duncan Malashock
Ed Fornieles
Emmy Skensved
Evan Gruzis
Frank Lloyd Wright
Fritz Köthe
Gabriel Lester
George Egerton-Warburton
Gilles Furtwängler
Grit Hachmeister
Guillaume Pilet
Haley Mellin
Halina Kliem
Hans Isaksson
Hayal Pozanti
Hunter Chamberlain
Iris Touliatou
Ivan Comas
Jala Wahid
James Howard
Jan Håfström
Jason Simon
Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville
Jean-Sébastien Grégoire
Jedediah Caesar
Jen Denike
Jens Einhorn
Jim Lee
John M Armleder
Jota Castro
Judith Braun
Julia Colavita
Juliana Cerqueira Leite
Langundtroia
Leonhard Hurzlmeier
Louisa Gagliardi
Lucas Jardin
Lucie Fontaine
Luke Barber-Smith
Manor Grunewald
Marc Bijl
Marcus Knupp
Margo Trushina
Marguerite Humeau
Marianne Vlaschits
Mark Titchner
Markus Amm
Marlene Stark
Matt Connors
Matthew Stone
Maximiliam Arnold
Mie Olise
Nathaniel Rackowe
Nazafarin Lotfi
Neil Beloufa
Nick Oberthaler
Nicolás Guagnini
Niels Sievers
Otto Piene
Paul Cowan
Pauline Beaudemont
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
Petros Moris
Piotr Łakomy
Rainer Ganahl
Ramaya Tegegne
Richard Frater
Rindon Johnson
Robert Powell
Roman Liška
Sarah Oppenheimer
Sebastian Black
Sebastian Lloyd Rees
Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf
Shade Therét
Shana Moulton
Shezad Dawood
Sister Corita Kent
Torben Ribe
Ulrich Erben
Vera Kox
Wyatt Kahn
Ylva Ogland
MATT CONNORS, JEDEDIAH CAESAR, DAVID HENDREN & ALEX HUBBARD
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*Coming in From the Cold* is a group exhibition curated by Nicola Vassell that examines the anatomy of abstraction through new innovations in painting and sculpture. Four young artists, Jedediah Caesar, Matt Connors, David Hendren and Alex Hubbard use method and material to tackle the historical limitations of abstract art. Circumventing traditional precedents, they offer a fluid, more organic re-interpretation of „cold“, hard-edged formal conventions.

In the works of these artists, gestures of destruction prevail. This mode of operation is brought forward through conflict between materials, deviation from formal logic and the collapse of predictable process.

Jedediah Caesar inhabits the land where forgotten materials animate a new kind of order. Chaotic accumulations of debris and studio junk are embedded in resin and become artifacts of resurrection. The resulting resin blocks are cut into geometrical forms that expose an arrangement of shapes staggering beneath polished surfaces. Tension is an inner event that recalibrates deceivingly tranquil exteriors.

Matt Connors tackles easel painting with color and symmetry or the dismantling thereof. In the small paintings on view, Connors supplements or deducts elements of "the mathematical grid" by animating horizontal, vertical and diagonal axes with strips of color. Resulting echoes of line confirm a minimalist submission to the flat plane while the naivete and crudeness suggested by brushstroke do not preclude effort.

David Hendren takes a detour from the homogeneity of minimal sculpture by rethinking the properties of construction. Employing a modular approach, Hendren’s units are anything but standardized. Wall-hanging abstract sculptures of wood, glass, mirror and paint enact a frenzy of fragments that possess labyrinthine entry and exit points. The logic of each work depends on the dissonance created by all its parts. These objects resemble architectural studies of future cities where predictability and chaos splinter space to maximum effect.

Alex Hubbard’s paintings descend from his video works in which performance is the central communication. Layers of material depicted on canvas appear to absorb and bare the momentum of action. Consequently, Hubbard’s final imagery retains the effect of performance and movement. Folds, cuts, tears, and flips illustrate moments of disruptive action as if frozen at the instance of infliction.

*Coming in From the Cold* offers a fresh contemplation of systems already archived by the towering abstract tradition. Through alternative channels, these four artists divert the conversation yet again.

The exhibition opens at DUVE Berlin on October 23 and will be on view through Dec 5, 2009.
Text by Nicola Vassell, October 2009

Curated By Nicola Vassell