Exhibition

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Direction Angel, plexiglas & steinless steel, 2017, 303 x 220 x 90 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Untitled, 2017, ink on paper, 41 x 31 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schranen, Untiled, 2017, ink on paper, 35 x 26 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Untitled, 2017, ink on paper, 31 x 41 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen, Untitled, 2017, ink on paper, 31 x 41 cm

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schranen, Untitled, 2017, ink on paper, 31 x 41 cm

Markus Döbeli, Acrylic on canvas, 2007, 270 x 380 cm

Markus Döbeli,Acrylic on canvas, 2013, 141 x 107 cm

Markus Döbeli, Acrylic on canvas, 2012, 81 x 122 cm

Markus Döbeli, Watercolour on paper, 2013, 46 x 61 cm

Markus Döbeli, Watercolour on paper, 2013, 46 x 61 cm

Markus Döbeli, Watercolour on paper, 2016, 46 x 61 cm

Markus Döbeli, Watercolour on paper, 2016, 46 x 61 cm

press release [en]
by Ory Dessau

In this year’s edition of ARCOmadrid Galerie Isabella Czarnowska intertwines works by Antwerp-based duo Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen (Belgium), with works by Lucerne-based artist Markus Döbeli (Switzerland), in a display that exemplifies the gallery’s diverse, yet coherent approach to contemporary abstraction.

The practice of Arocha & Schraenen has its roots in Kinetic, Minimalist and Site-Specific Installation Art. Their spatialized geometric configurations are an intersection between a sculpture, an architectural intervention and an object. Made of mirror or other reflecting materials, their works tend to incorporate the viewer’s movement and image in space as a complementary, activating factor, whose appearance and disappearance in and out of the given work, situate their practice beyond the distinction, or rather, on the verge between abstraction and representation.

The painterly work of Markus Döbeli is devoid of figures, shapes, lines, or any other characteristic of drawing. Instead it features diffuse, contourless fields of color with open edges that intermingle, and chromatic dispersions of light staged by the expansion of free-flowing paint which it skillfully manipulates to its own ends. Although his washes of color are describable as “cloud banks”, as conductors of haze and visual disorientation, Döbeli’s painterly abstraction is total, fundamentally rejecting any possibility of depictive signification. It is an existential experience of indeterminacy, of constant change, of boundlessness.

2015

05/12/2015 - 06/02/2016
18/09/2015 - 21/11/2015

2006

24/06/2006 - 08/09/2006
27/04/2006 - 20/06/2006

1999

01/01/1999 - 31/12/2003

1997

07/11/1997 - 20/12/1997
02/09/1997 - 18/10/1997
15/05/1997 - 30/06/1997
21/03/1997 - 26/04/1997
10/01/1997 - 01/03/1997

1993

10/09/1993 - 31/10/1993

1991

04/10/1991 - 30/11/1991
11/01/1991 - 28/02/1991

1990

16/11/1990 - 22/12/1990
09/10/1990 - 07/11/1990
07/09/1990 - 29/09/1990
08/06/1990 - 30/06/1990
23/03/1990 - 21/04/1990
16/02/1990 - 14/03/1990
12/01/1990 - 10/02/1990

1988

04/11/1988 - 31/12/1988
09/09/1988 - 07/10/1988
10/06/1988 - 15/07/1988
15/04/1988 - 14/05/1988
16/01/1988 - 27/02/1988

1986

12/09/1986 - 15/10/1986
08/02/1986 - 22/03/1986