West London Projects

Previously Exhibited


Title

Yesim Akdeniz Graf and Markus Amm are two artists with a very different approach but a common interest in modernism.

Whereas German artist Markus Amm follows a formal way of working in which fragmentation is crucial, translating art history into his own abstract visual language; Turkish born painter, Yesim Akdeniz Graf’s approach is a more narrative one.

Yesim’s imagery is derived from mass media as well as from specific icons such as modernist architecture. Her work can almost be read as a modernising of old narratives, a questioning of how these stories could end today; what is or could be different now? Yesim often creates an installation of related paintings, both figurative and abstract, but for the “The Man”, her exhibition at westlondonprojects, she collages fabrics for the first time and combines these with large-scale drawings that create a storyboard effect.

Markus is producing a new sculpture for this show, as well as a series of large format photographs that refer to his site-specific wall drawings. The third element in his presentation will be Luminograms, a photographic technique similar to the photogram that was developed in the experimental 1920s. It allows for the creation of abstract photographic images without a negative, using only the effect of light on chemically prepared paper.

Artists


Markus Amm

Born 1969, Stuttgart, Germany
Lives and works in London

Education

1993–1995 Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany.
1995–1996 Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach, Germany.
1996–2000 Kunstakademie Stuttgart, Germany.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2006

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany
The Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece

2005

Herald St, London, England

2004

Projektraum, Rheinschau, Cologne, Germany

2003

Spate Blatter, Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, Germany
Ladybird, Gastatelier Goldbekhaus, Hamburg, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007

Triumph of Painting 4: Germania, Saatchi Gallery, London

2006

Blind Date Passau, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Worlen, Passau, Germany
Friedrich, Doggerfisher Gallery, Edinburugh, Scotland
Dereconstruction, curated by Matthew Higgs, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Finding Neverland, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
The Figs Play Fox Dead, David Kordansky Gallery, LA

2005

Meet you at the corner, Fortescue Ave Gallery, London
Alles. In einer Nacht, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
William Blake & Sons, Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Ireland
Irrational thoughts…, Galerie Hauf, Stuttgart, Germany
The addiction, Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Square Dance, Galerie Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt, Germany

2004

Formalismus, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg
New Party, The Breeder Projects, Athens, Greece
Lokaltermin, Haus der Kunststiftung, Stuttgart, Germany
Ausstellungsraum Taubenstrasse 13, Hamburg, Germany
Black Friday – Exercises in Hermetics, Galerie Joanna Kamm, Berlin, Germany

2003

EAST International, Norwich Gallery, England

Yesim Akdeniz Graf

Born in 1978, Izmir, Turkey
Lives and works in Düsseldorf

Education

2002–2004 De Ateliers, residency-program in Amsterdam
1997–2002 Art academy, Düsseldorf

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007

Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

2006

Malerei, Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zürich, Switzerland

2006

Open Space, Art Cologne, Germany
Atlas Shrugged, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
Visiona Teorema, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam

2003

Galerie Klinkhammer und Metzner, Düsseldorf
Beaumontpublic+Königbloc, Luxembourg

2003

Cocaine Nights, Galerie Klinkhammer und Metzner, Düsseldorf, Germany

Group Exhibitions
2006

Wild at Heart, KunstRai, Amsterdam
Group Show, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam

2005

Le peintre de la vie moderne/The painter of modern life, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere
Regarding Düsseldorf, 701 e. V. Düsseldorf, Germany

2004

20/20 Vision, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam
Buning Bongers Prijzen, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam

2003

Deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Germany

Works


Selected works from the exhibition

Installation View, Yesim Akdeniz Graf, 2006
Courtesy westlondonprojects/Elisabeth Kaufmann
Photograph by Andy Keate
©Yesim Akdeniz Graf, 2006
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 Installation View,  Yesim Akdeniz Graf, 2006