Exhibition: ArtHaus 2009


Exhibition: ArtHaus 2009
Jan 24 – Feb 24
Opening Reception
5:00 pm Saturday January 24th
Dogtown Station
700 Main Street, Venice, CA

Los Angeles, CA — Venice-based painter Kimberly Brooks was selected to exhibit among twenty five artists from Berlin to Los Angeles in a group exhibition, “artHAUS” curated by Thomas Schirmboeck, director of Zephyr Gallery and Associate Curator of the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Manheim, Germany.

The theme of the show: Confrontation:Collaboration concerns “…how can we make the world of culture work easily and distinguished together and help it find its expression.” notes Schirmboeck.  “Two related but often enough misunderstood parts of the world meet in a fest for art.  Abstract painting is confronted with self reflecting photography, sculptures which give us the idea to understand the world of creatures meet aerial photography; falling artists meet in VideoArt the false beauty of the Oktoberfest. Art is always about the world and how to see her, transform her. This show brings splinters from different kinds of art together and lays them out like a mosaic in which colors, techniques and materials stand together.”

ArtHAUS is an roaming international exhibition that integrates contemporary art and architecture by engaging world class curators to showcase cutting-edge artwork– photography, video, sculpture and painting– in newly renovated residences that celebrate the best new local architecture of the host city.  Artists include photographers Stefanie Schneider, Al Weber, painters Chuck Arnoldi, Myriam Holme and sculptors Gwynn Murrill and Tom Chapin.  ArtHAUS 2009 is installed across seven Manhattan-Style lofts in the heart of Venice.

Of Brooks work, Schirmboeck wrote, “Brooks’ paintings are about relation, familiar structures, about joy, they are positive and somehow they seem known, and in a sense refer to motives one has in my memory. Prototypical idylls– the boys in the river, the kids, alone in the forest– parents follow unseen. Is it in consequence about the irrelevance of our life and how you change it into relevance by painting? Some have an ambiguity: Is it real joy? Or is it the something weird which happened or what will happen next?”

Mr. Schirmboeck has produced eighty four shows internationally ranging from photography, painting and installation.   From 1996 – 2004 he was founding manager of “Fotogalerie Alte Feuerwache”, a public space for photography and related media as one of the leading art spaces for contemporary media in Southern Germany. Before this he lectured in art history at the Manheim University.  He is a member of public commissions including Germaine-Krull-Foundation, Wetzlar, Germany, Welde Kunst Preis Schwetzingen, and senior member of the board City Gallery of Mannheim.

The show is from January 24th to February 24th at Dogtown Station, 700 Main Street in Venice, California.  Opening night is January 24th at 5 pm.  www.arthaus.us