World collapsing at PULSE New York 2014

The third participation at PULSE will present young German artists Sara Hoppe and Stefan Stoessel for the first time and Benjamin Dittrich for the second time in America. Juggling with the standards of the construction of perspective, the conventions of visual perception, color and space the three positions challenge the construction of the world.

Stefan Stoessel questions the hierarchy of the entire genre system and the void, that exists between the plane area and its pictorial transformation to spatiality. A consequent reduction on the shape of the objects leads to neglect the illusion of space. Thus, his paintings draw the attention on the two-dimensional character of the canvas. A much more remarkable fact, if you consider his development from an excellent trompe-l’oeil painter to one with his current focus.

Sara Hoppe, however, is interested in a contrary effect. Her manner of sanding the canvas unleashes a visual conflict. As she carries off individual layers of color she creates soft transitions between two originally separated entities. What appears to be a disintegration of a boundary ultimately leads to an emphasis of its very own existence. The swelling and bulging of deeper laying colors through the surface makes its plane appearance even more present. She triggers an inimitable color experience that happens on the surface of the canvas in a two-dimensional space. An experience that can only be described as floating above the image area and diving into color.

Benjamin Dittrichs multifaceted representation of the world reveals the disruptions it holds within. He utilizes delicate and realistic colors that create an atmosphere charged with intimacy and authenticity. An illusion he instantly gives up by breaking up the composition into various fields. Slightly shifting the debris around, changing angles or the magnification, he destroys the realistic claim. A claim to authenticity he utilizes in his linocuts in a quiet different way. Here, his exploitation of a scholastic imaging system serves as yet another way to remodel the reality in the picture.