Achenbach Hagemeier

Ina Gerken

born 1987, lives and works in Düsseldorf, DE

Artist Ina Gerken’s abstractions are conceived to be autonomous from our world of perception. Nevertheless, the light compositions and expressive formal language open up a boundless space of associations for the viewer, which is equally characterized by control and pure chance. The canvas is often dominated by flat white paint, which is partially structured by the application of Japanese paper. Ina Gerken studied painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2016 and received the title of Meisterschülerin from Prof. Katharina Grosse.

"Ina Gerken leaves both her working process and the paintings that result from it completely open in terms of what their chromatic structures recall or which insights they may offer. Be it geological cross-sections of the earth or enlargements of glass retorts, ritual and archaic pathos, forms of cultures past up to analog testcards of paintings as surface-filling tests—tremendously diverse connections lie at hand, in whose unfathomable surfaces and deep branching structures a viewer may hope to recognize a patinated past. Everything remains both concrete and ambivalent, congealed abstraction and deformed figuration, forms of light and shadowy existences that haunt the spaces between presence and absence, transfixing us nonetheless. The layering of seemingly unstructured planes of color in an expressive, Tachist gesture or bound in multilayered printing processes reveals a new sensuality, afascinatingly beautiful new world. Ultimately unconscious, a meaningful new sensuality."
Gregor Jansen, Beautiful New Sensuality in Ina Gerken, Kerber Verlag, 2018.

INA GERKEN
*1987, lives and works in Düsseldorf, GER

EDUCATION   

2014-2016 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, GER
Studies of Fine Art in the class of Prof. Katharina Grosse (Meisterschüler)

2007-2013 Kunsthochschule Mainz, GER
Studies of Fine Art in the class of Prof. Winfried Virnich (1st State Examination)

EXHIBITIONS
(S) soloshow, (T) two-person show, (G) groupshow, (C) catalogue

2019
Untitled Art Fair, Makasiini Contemporary, San Francisco, USA (G)
Under Pressure, The Cabin, Los Angeles, USA (S)

Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschland, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Museum Wiesbaden, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany (G), (C)

2018
NAK Benefiz Auktion, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, GER (G)
Wilhelm Beermann, Ina Gerken, Jonas Maas, Anna Nero, Ausstellungshalle 1a, RPR Art, Frankfurt, GER (G)
Art Berlin, Achenbach Hagemeier, Berlin, GER (S)
Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, FIN (S)
Blank Spots, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, GER (S)
Bologna Art Fair with Nam Project (Milan), Bologna, IT (T)

2017
Quintessenz, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GER (G)
Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, NL (G)
What do you represent now?, Plan 5, Stockholm (G)
Instant Karma, Achenbach Hagemeier, Düsseldorf, GER (G)
Attitudes in Painting, curated by Steven Cox and Struan Teague, Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf, GER (G)
Wahnsinn, curated by Kunstgruppe, Salon Schmitz, Cologne, GER (G)
Recent Traces, NAM project, Milan, IT (S) (C)

2016
The Brightness of the Color, NAM project, Milan, IT (G)

2015
VERVE&TRANSITION, Gallery Golestani, Düsseldorf, GER (S)

2014
TAU, KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, GER (G) (C)
daseinsamegeniehatdieschnauzegestrichenvoll, Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen, GER (G)
SHOW1, SOGLIA Artspace, Leipzig, GER (G)

2012
Peinture2020Malerei, L.A.C.- Lieu d´Art Contemporain, Sigean, FR (G) (C)
Pfalzpreis für Bildende Kunst, Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, GER (G) (C)
Malerei2020Peinture, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, GER (G) (C)
if not then, Ringstube, Mainz, GER (S)

2011
Ins Blaue- Un voyage sans destination, Centre d´Art Contemporain du
Parc Saint Léger à Pougues-les-Eaux, FR (G)
en haut, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse, FR (G)

AWARDS

2017
Silkscreen Grant, Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf, GER

2016
Project Grant Award, The Fine Art Collective, Frankfurt, GER

"Expressing the inexpressible: the paintings of the young artist Ina Gerken (*1987) oscillate between abstraction and graphic techniques and hence develop a very special, haptic quality. They are process-oriented works that are approached very intuitively and whose outcome is completely open. By accepting chaos and coincidence, the artist creates works that develop a universal language that requires no explanation, specifically as a result of the openness, the layering of paint and forms. The young painter’s new publication shows her poetic pictorial language and surprises again and again as a result of captivating painterly episodes." Kerber Verlag

Authors: Carina Bukuts, Gregor Jansen 
Editors: Ina Gerken in cooperation with The Fine Art Collective and Achenbach Hagemeier
Design: Designstudio Mathilda Mutant (Martina Miocevic)
Publisher: Kerber Verlag

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