Category Archives: Galerie Lisa Ruyter 2003 – 2006

David Benjamin Sherry >< but take me to the haven of your bed was something that you never said >< May - July 2006

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David Benjamin Sherry

“but take me to the haven of your bed was something that you never said”
May 11 – July 15, 2006

Galerie Lisa Ruyter is pleased to present the debut solo exhibition of photographic works by David Benjamin Sherry from May 11 until July 15.

David Benjamin Sherry’s romantic explorations are realized primarily in photographic form, and have a strong connection to visual imagery surrounding music.

The titles of his works such as “Blue eyes and I were fire” or “A kiss on the wind and we’ll make the land” are often evolved from song lyrics, much in the same way that his images are often inspired from record covers, films and poetry. In fact, the work “My faith in love is still devout” is a re-photograph of the New Order album “Power, Corruption and Lies,” which itself is a re-presentation of a 19th century still life by Henri Fantin-Latour.

His work often employs a range of motifs and techniques that are shared by artists working in other media. Taking cues from the work of artists such as painter, Paul P. and filmaker Kenneth Anger. Inspired by writers such as Oscar Wilde and the musical lyrics of Morrissey. He uses various methods such as freezing his lens to form condensation over the image being photographed. This creates a haze to the final image thus dramatizing the emotional pull of past events and other eras. David Benjamin Sherry’s work tells of small romances with his subjects isolated into atmospheric and suggestive moments.

The dominating subjects of David Benjamin Sherry’s works are beautiful young men, often blended into a garden-like scenery and he uses a variety of iconic and erotic references viewed through soft focus. He creates a fantasy world for the viewer to float in. The surreal colors and unusual printing techniques are all done in the darkroom. Going against digital means for printing and photographing, the artist lends to his nostalgic nature for the formation of his pictures, simply using film and straight color printing techniques. In this work we are catching a glimpse of a just awakening sexuality in a tension between innocence and obvious eroticism.

David Benjamin Sherry was born in Stony Brook, New York in 1981 and lives and works in New York. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is receiving his MFA from the Yale School of Art.

Katherine Bernhardt >< Budapest - The Gellert Hotel 10:15 pm >< March - April 2006

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Katherine Bernhardt

“Budapest – The Gellert Hotel 10:15 PM”
March 23 – May 6, 2006

Galerie Lisa Ruyter is pleased to present “Budapest – The Gellert Hotel 10:15 PM” an exhibition by American artist Katherine Bernhardt. The exhibition is on from March 23 until May 6.

The exhibition shows entirely new paintings, produced during Katherine Bernhardt’s stay at the gallery’s Project Space in Vienna last year. Most of the images show nudes, whose pale, slightly distorted bodies stand against the dark background. Through her daub and drip way of painting and the partly slipped, partly too tight image-section results an aggressive esthetics, which captivates the observer.

Katherine Bernhardt’s style is mostly described as neo-primitivism or Pop-Expressionism and compared to Kirchner, Picasso and Basquiat. Wild brushstrokes and dripping, vivid colors are used to depict images of men or women set against dark backgrounds. The subjects of her paintings one has seen perhaps too many times before: fashion models, consumer goods, and pop stars. Her approach to it is petulant and skeptical, but nevertheless with a lot of enthusiasm and playfulness.

Katherine Bernhardt was born in St Louis, Missouri in 1975 and lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris (France), Kineko Ivec Gallery, Toronto (Canada), Galeria Comercial, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Canada Gallery, New York, (NY). She has been included in group shows at Modern Culture, New York (NY), Canada Gallery, New York (NY), Canada Gallery, New York (NY), Hales Gallery, London, (England).

The Image is Gone >< January – March 2006

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The Image is Gone                                             

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 13.03.2006

Marc Bijl, Banks Violette, Paul P., Michael Huey
January 19 –  March 18, 2006

Galerie Lisa Ruyter is pleased to present the group exhibition “The Image is Gone“ with Marc Bijl, Banks Violette, Paul P. and Micheal Huey. The exhibition is on from January 19 until March 18.

Marc Bijl, born 1970, Leerdam NL, takes in his work a good look at social issues and the symboles and norms involved. This results in acts or installations which undermine or emphasize our perception of the world. Thus he entitles his Lara Croft sculpture pured over with bitumen “La rivoluzione siamo noi“, or decorates spontaneous a Berlin garbage truck with the Dutch lion. Last year his works were shown at the Superstars Show at the Kunstforum Wien, in the exhibition ’Populism’ at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, and others. He is represented by the young gallery ’The Breeder“ in Athens, which showed his solo exhibition ‚’Chesed/ Dien’ 2004. ’The Breeder’ gallery has supported us in every way for this project.

Banks Violette, born 1973, Ithaca, New York, USA, lives and works in New York. After a well noticed solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of the American Arts he became a Superstar of the young American art scene. He creates sculptures,graphite drawings and partly huge oil paintings inspired often by bands and record sleeves. 2006 he is going to participate in the most important projects in Europe such as “Die Jugend von heute“ at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (curated by Matthias Ulrich), “DARK“ at the Museum Boljmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, (curated by Jan Grosfeld) and “While Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body“ at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.

Paul P., born 1977, Toronto, Can., is painting primarily portraits of young males and now also increasingly atmospheric landscapes by use of traditional techniques like Kreuzschraffur, pastel, oil and watercolour. While creating his paintings of unknown persons he rejects on the one hand the traditional process of producing art, on the other hand he is completely absorbed by it. His models are unknown to him and thus he is deceiving the intimacy usually linked to portraying.

Michael Huey, born Traverse City, Michigan, USA, living in Vienna since 1989. Michael Huey’s artistic method  has developed from painting, genealogical studies, art historical enquiries and collecting photographs. Since 1996 he is concentrating on historical photography and it’s realization in his work. The shining surface of the Diasec – technique reminds Michael Huey of the nineteenth century – the era of his initial specification – like for example daguerreotypes or the wet collodium – process.