Main Ärztehaus Ochsenfurt
Gian Merlevede and Simone Distler exhibit from October 5th, 2012 - January 30th, 2013
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Gian Merlevede - Simone Distler
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Two artists showcase
About the Expo
Painting artist Gian Merlevede generally focusses on themes through his body of work. Which means, a painting is tailor cut designed on the basis of a given subject. That way, it´s the artist´s overall understanding of the proposed visual metaphor that guides the building process. A balance exercise between ratio and intuition.
However, this art exhibition only shows free style paintings. There´s no theme imposed, and in line with that no titles are given (apart form a few exceptions). Viewers have to find out for themselves what each work possibly means and evokes. Though the artist directed and refined each piece, he nevertheless admits they are open-ended. Playfulness and visual organics were chosen over analysis.
All pictures were painted on canvas with acrylics and varnished with UV-protective layers. Formats measure respectively 18x24 or 50x60 cm.
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Belgian-Swiss painter. Specialized in acrylics. Born 1973 in Soest (Westfalen, Germany).
Raised in Flanders, Belgium. Education: Graphic Design in Antwerp (St. Lucas University College of Art and Design, 1988-1995). Art history in Ghent (Ghent University, 1995-2000). Master dissertation about the Austrian art historian Hans Sedlmayr and his critique on modern art (Verlust der Mitte 1948 - Art in Crisis 1956). One year´s study „Philosophical Aesthetics“ in Toronto, Canada (Institute of Christian Studies, 2001-2002). After his return to Europe, the artist lives and works in the medieval-provincial city of Mechelen, Belgium. November 2007 he gets his first solo exhibition at an art gallery in Antwerp. In the fall of 2009 he marries the German artist Simone Distler. Together they live and work in the German village of Erdeborn (west of the cities Halle-Saale and Leipzig).
Wrestling Soul (Etching and Collage, 2011)
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About the Expo
Simone Distler - She´s an artist working with gusto in both oils and acrylics. In this exhibition she presents a selection of her graphic prints. Recently she experimented with woodcut prints on canvas. As well as combining etchings with embossed collages. Frequently her pictures show an overlap of places and situations. Her goal is to find suitable forms, expressing life´s processes. The piece Faint Luminescence / Schwaches Leuchten deals with the issue of lacking clarity. Fences, doors and alleys emerge or dissapear. Different levels more or less mask eachother. The viewer has to find his own way and orientational grid. The airiness of the colors pushes the dense fog. The eye wanders continuously. Finding crossovers, bits and pieces of clarity, or at least the memory of clarity, the confidence that life continues. The graphic prints speak about the moody oscillations of the human soul, the atmosphere of realtionships - e.g. Wrestling Soul / When die Seele ringt.
Born 1982 in Ochsenfurt-Erlach, Germany/Europe. Formal education as an Clothing Technician/Tailoress and Fashion Assistant in the German city of Aschaffenburg. From 2002 till 2008 she worked within the Young Fashion Company Authentic Style in Marktbreit. Quiting her job she enrolled for a preparational art course at the Haller Akademie der Künste of Schwäbisch Hall. 2009 Simone got selected and registered at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in the city of Halle-Saale (Germany). Studying Painting under art professor Ute Pleuger.
Copyright Texts & Photos: Merlevede-Distler 2012