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Moonlight at Noon

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Wednesday, 28 April 2021 to Saturday, 3 July 2021
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Wednesday, 28 April 2021 -
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The janinebeangallery presents in its exhibition „Moonlight at Noon“ paintings and works on paper of the Albanian artist Orion Shima and the German artist Martin Stommel, living and working in Bonn. Both have been producing their artworks for several decades and are exhibiting internationally.
The basis for the exhibition „Moonlight at Noon“ featuring artworks by Orion Shima and Martin Stommel was established in 2019, when we came into contact via the internet with the Albanian gallerist Lauresha Basha of Gallery 70 in Tirana, Albania. We liked each other from the outset and furthermore discovered common grounds regarding the alignment of our galleries, spawning the idea for a more extensive exchange. In June of that year we relayed an invitation from Lauresha Basha to Martin Stommel for a solo exhibition at Gallery 70 in Tirana.
For this exhibition Martin Stommel travelled in October 2019 to Tirana and was not only delighted by the candour and cordiality of his hostess but also by the kindness of the general public. Among other artists he was introduced to Orion Shima, who is also engaged as a professor at the University of Arts in the Albanian capital and who expressed his immediate trust by spontaneously letting Stommel give a lecture to his curious students.
Apart from our fundamental enthusiasm for the work of Orion Shima we noticed the mutual sympathy of the artists as well as the reciprocal understanding for their artistic works. This very naturally authored the concept of a common exhibition of the two artists in our premises in Berlin.
A common thread of both artists is the genre of figurative painting. Style and content of Stommel and Shima are despite all differences connected by the archetypes underlying the subjects, respectively the pursuit of them.
With the exhibition we want to bring the works of Martin Stommel and Orion Shima—considering their European but highly different cultural backgrounds—into dialogue. The formal distinctions are being clarified by the juxtaposition, while the masterful artworks as a whole of both artists embody an independent, cross-cultural artistic medium, which connects very fundamentally.

The janinebeangallery presents in its exhibition „Moonlight at Noon“ paintings and works on paper of the Albanian artist Orion Shima and the German artist Martin Stommel, living and working in Bonn. Both have been producing their artworks for several decades and are exhibiting internationally. The basis for the exhibition „Moonlight at Noon“ featuring artworks by Orion Shima and Martin Stommel was established in 2019, when we came into contact via the internet with the Albanian gallerist Lauresha Basha of Gallery 70 in Tirana, Albania. We liked each other from the outset and furthermore discovered common grounds regarding the alignment of our galleries, spawning the idea for a more extensive exchange. In June of that year we relayed an invitation from Lauresha Basha to Martin Stommel for a solo exhibition at Gallery 70 in Tirana. For this exhibition Martin Stommel travelled in October 2019 to Tirana and was not only delighted by the candour and cordiality of his hostess but also by the kindness of the general public. Among other artists he was introduced to Orion Shima, who is also engaged as a professor at the University of Arts in the Albanian capital and who expressed his immediate trust by spontaneously letting Stommel give a lecture to his curious students. Apart from our fundamental enthusiasm for the work of Orion Shima we noticed the mutual sympathy of the artists as well as the reciprocal understanding for their artistic works. This very naturally authored the concept of a common exhibition of the two artists in our premises in Berlin. A common thread of both artists is the genre of figurative painting. Style and content of Stommel and Shima are despite all differences connected by the archetypes underlying the subjects, respectively the pursuit of them.

With the exhibition we want to bring the works of Martin Stommel and Orion Shima— considering their European but highly different cultural backgrounds—into dialogue. The formal distinctions are being clarified by the juxtaposition, while the masterful artworks as a whole of both artists embody an independent, cross-cultural artistic medium, which connects very fundamentally.

Orion Shima’s painting is a matter that has been “seasoned” for a long time. For almost two decades, his painting seemed to address the same concern, which is, in fact, an internal process, with its elements constantly moving and recomposing themselves to reach a kind of filtering or the highest clarity, notably coinciding with his works of the recent years. In his early days as an artist, Shima explored abstract painting and showed an interest in matter painting. These experiences have left their mark on his artwork. Along with his academic formation during the art school years, one can say that they constitute the matter that currently inspires his painting – a figurative painting, essentially uninterested in objective reality. Shima uses figurative representation as an initial impetus or pretext to create some personal marks, through which the artist builds a perceptual, individual world. This is a world of feelings and emotions, deciphered through painted situations and characters. In addition to its strongly manifested style, Orion Shima’s painting also speaks through the selection of themes. Nature, vegetation, man, and animals are the only subjects of his paintings, as if to confirm that painting is an analogy of the living things. His characters are lonely people, lost and distracted whose portraits we rarely distinguish. They speak through silhouettes and quick but accurate spots, always playing the role of the painter’s own alter ego. The characters in Orion Shima’s paintings are not only references from romantic art painting in general, but also contemporary romantic characters thrown in an alien and rejected world, finding refuge and solace in the shadows of a dense vegetation, positioning themselves at the edges of the world.

Martin Stommel‘s art is a statement on the turmoil of the world; a method, an attempt to find a way from the inferno to paradise. His lighting controls, the visionary compositions full of suspense and drama, their extensive diagonals and gestures, the elongated bodies of the protagonists in his paintings all lead from banality to the essential question. In his paintings the world and the ever-changing luck burst and fate roars in the eternal chant of the mystery of the universe. Herein the artists follows the fevers of Tintoretto (1518 – 1594) or Max Beckmann (1884 – 1950). The art-historical education of Martin Stommel, the brilliant artistic studies with the famous Russian dissident Boris Birger, who came as an immigrant to Bonn, the academic studies in Munich and Berlin directed him to a remarkable philosophic transfer of real visual experiences into epiphanic viewing experiences, inspiring new visual solutions. His dynamic of the pictorial scripture, his freedom of choice of colour, his visionary reinterpretation in the formal solutions are rare qualities in the international art scene.

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Martin Stommel‘s art is a statement on the turmoil of the world; a method, an attempt to find a way from the inferno to paradise. His lighting controls, the visionary compositions full of suspense and drama, their extensive diagonals and gestures, the elongated bodies of the protagonists in his paintings all lead from banality to the essential question. In his paintings the world and the ever-changing luck burst and fate roars in the eternal chant of the mystery of the universe. Herein the artists follows the fevers of Tintoretto (1518 – 1594) or Max Beckmann (1884 – 1950). The art-historical education of Martin Stommel, the brilliant artistic studies with the famous Russian dissident Boris Birger, who came as an immigrant to Bonn, the academic studies in Munich and Berlin directed him to a remarkable philosophic transfer of real visual experiences into epiphanic viewing experiences, inspiring new visual solutions. His dynamic of the pictorial scripture, his freedom of choice of colour, his visionary reinterpretation in the formal solutions are rare qualities in the international art scene.

 

Martin Stommel was born in 1969. From 1994 to 1997 Stommel first studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with professor Bernhard Weißhaar. In 1998 he changed to the University of Arts, Berlin (HdK) with Klaus Fußmann.

In the years 2001 to 2007 Stommel came into contact with the world of circus, resulting in a series of paintings and drawings of circus performers and scenes in the circus ring. He portrayed the most famous clowns of our time, like Oleg Popov, Francesco Caroli, David Larible or Fumagalli, cooperating especially with Berhard Paul‘s Circus Roncalli.

In 2004 Stommel was invited by Prince Rainier III to exhibit his series of circus paintings in the Principality of Monaco.

Since the 2000s the paintings of Martin Stommel have been shown in numerous exhibitions, among others in the Lehmbruck Museum, the Kallmann Museum, the Museum Charlotte Zander, the Museum of the Cathedral of Trier, the Municipal Art Gallery Bonn. Further exhibitions took place in the Théâtre Princesse Grace (Monaco), the Lew Kopelew Forum (Cologne), the Catholic Academy in Bavaria (Munich) and at the Venice Biennial (European Cultural Center).

Stommel‘s art works have been featured by several galleries on art fairs in Cologne, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Munich, Essen and Lübeck, as well as at the „Salon der Gegenwart“ in Hamburg and the London Print Fair in the Royal Academy.

Art works of Martin Stommel are in public collections (i. a. German Business Secretary, former State Guest-House Petersberg, City of Wesseling, City of Ismaning, City of Bonn) as well as in many private collections, for example Grillo (Duisburg), Slifka (New York), Klöcker (Frankfurt), Barthlott (Bonn) and Zander (Bönnigheim), German Embassy Tirana (Albania).

 

Orion Shima (nine paintings) by Alban Hajdinaj

Orion Shima’s painting is a matter that has been “seasoned” for a long time. For almost two decades, his painting seemed to address the same concern, which is, in fact, an internal process, with its elements constantly moving and recomposing themselves to reach a kind of filtering or the highest clarity, notably coinciding with his works of the recent years. In his early days as an artist, Shima explored abstract painting and showed an interest in matter painting. These experiences have left their mark on his artwork. Along with his academic formation during the art school years, one can say that they constitute the matter that currently inspires his painting – a figurative painting, essentially uninterested in objective reality.

Shima uses figurative representation as an initial impetus or pretext to create some personal marks, through which the artist builds a perceptual, individual world. This is a world of feelings and emotions, deciphered through painted situations and characters.

Shima usually works fast. He quickly throws raw paints – slightly mixing them – directly onto the canvas, not on the palette. He follows a preliminary sketch or drawing, but the colours give impetus and determine the work’s shape. The brush’s movement creates the rhythm that the work needs, while the paint’s thickness gives the required intensity. In the multicoloured (sometimes even monochromatic) tension and drama created on the canvas’s square, painted objects overhang in suspense. The pictorial gesture used fanatically in every corner of the canvas’s surface, gives paintings a material sensation, reinforcing their inner subjective atmosphere, an atmosphere of dream and vision.

Shima paints by heart and does not use visual references other than his memory, which revolves around the painter’s childhood and adolescence.

In addition to its strongly manifested style, Orion Shima’s painting also speaks through the selection of themes. Nature, vegetation, man, and animals are the only subjects of his paintings, as if to confirm that painting is an analogy of the living things. His characters are lonely people, lost and distracted whose portraits we rarely distinguish. They speak through silhouettes and quick but accurate spots, always playing the role of the painter’s own alter ego.

The characters in Orion Shima’s paintings are not only references from romantic art painting in general, but also contemporary romantic characters thrown in an alien and rejected world, finding refuge and solace in the shadows of a dense vegetation, positioning themselves at the edges of the world.

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Founded in 2004 the janinebeangallery is dedicated to the support
of contemporary art, primarily of artists living and working in Berlin. The
gallery emphasizes the long-termed, concentrated development of young
talents, a concept which limits the number of represented artists accordingly.
janinebeangallery maintains the backing of its artists through every day
assistances exceeding the conventional gallery work. Guest artists are
continuously featured in group exhibitions, where their works complement or
extent the subject.
The gallery looks back on many years of experience in the worldwide art market, including international exhibitions, clients, art fairs and logistics. International projects of the gallery took place in Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Bologna, etc. with partners like the US Embassy in Berlin, Scion (Toyota) Los Angeles, the Embassy of The Netherlands Berlin, The New York Academy of Art, the Representation of the Québec Government in Berlin, etc.

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