MONOCHROME EXHIBITION – Adi Oz-Ari, Maria Sanchez, Ganna Nesterenko, & Vasil Berela  07.01. – 31.01.2023

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Galerie SLP opens the new year with a group exhibition titled Monochrome. Exploring collective consciousness through the human psyche. Color is abstracted, and utilized as a tool to direct the viewer’s focus into self-reflection.

From the 7th of January to the 31st, the gallery shows works of four international artists portraying their interpretations of emerging social issues. Themes include the relationship between humans, and machines and the existential efforts to survive and realize ourselves in a fast-evolving, technocratic society. 

The exhibition examines what lies beyond human consciousness, bridging the gap into the future realms of artificial intelligence and spaces created within deep learning. Deconstructing the human anatomy allows the artists to submerge themselves deeper into layers of the psyche, exploring the field of neuroscience and linking it with the study of neural networks, as a result, reconstructing the consciousness in a surrealistic way, presenting the possibilities of a connection between the corporal and the artificial the neurochemical and the digital as a gateway to the ethereal. 

About the artists: 

Adi Oz-Ari holds an undergraduate degree from the Midrasha College of Art at the Beit Berl Academic College (2012) and earned an MFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2015), following her interest in the human body and the machine. What fascinates her is the link between processes and illnesses taking form within the body. Her practice examines the expressive possibilities of the body-mind tie in terms of concepts of pain, disintegration, and loss. Inert and organic materials originating in her own and foreign bodies are the elements with which she works. Like a chemical reaction, they undergo a transformation to come together into a lyrical image that sometimes loses its source entirely through a process of abstraction.

María Sánchez takes a critical view of social and cultural issues. Often referencing human behavior, her work explores the varying relationships between the physical and non-physical world. Since 2015, Sánchez’s artworks have been exhibited at spaces and galleries both nationally and internationally, including solo and group exhibitions of her different series of paintings, digital art, and photography. One of her notable projects was the collaboration with the WildAid foundation against ivory traffic. Figures such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and Prince William were involved.

Ganna Nesterenko is a Ukrainian visual and performative artist. She is part of the Artist Collective Berlin. She researches non-figurative approaches to artistic expression, freedom from the shape, and connecting to the collective subconscious. Her main intention for her viewers is to invite them to open up and step into their own dreamworld, using her painting as a mirror for daydream and connecting with their own subconscious.

Vasil Berela was born in 1986 in Georgia, and now lives and works in Berlin. Berela studied architecture from 2003 to 2004 at the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi. He ultimately enrolled in the Berlin Weißensee Kunsthochschule from 2015 to 2021 to study fine arts. He has been teaching sculpting at the Kunsthochschule since 2022. When he studies people’s attempts to achieve transcendental experiences in his works.