KONTROLLE, the First U.S. Solo Exhibition of
German Artist, Dominik Halmer

February 7th, 2017
February 4–April 15, 2017
Now Extended thru April 22, 2017
ARTIST TALK: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3pm

Aljira is proud to present KONTROLLE, the first U.S. solo exhibition of German artist, Dominik Halmer and Every Straight Line is the Arc of a Great Circle—a site specific installation by Brooklyn-based artist, Kate Stone.

Dominik Halmer’s practice centers on the question of how our individual image of “reality” is constructed. Coming from an analytical but sensual approach to painting, Halmer works with the collision of different realities. In his so called “semi-functional image-objects,” we find canvases combined with everyday objects. Based on formal analogies, Halmer creates a subtle coherence between painting and objects and transforms their specific function into a poetic state of being. Through experimental arrangements, Halmer explores the relationship between object and depiction, functionality and art. By confronting the traditional concept of painting with pragmatic values and suggesting a playful usage of the artwork, he also undermines ideas of the untouchable exclusivity of art.

Organized by Dexter Wimberly, KONTROLLE presents a series of works integrating equipment from sports. These items, which are already part of a complex set of imagery and values, address the observer in an immediate way by challenging a reflexive mental reaction. By opening an associative space, on a more abstract level, they play with predominant ideas of accomplishment and systems of evaluation within our society. The title of the exhibition, KONTROLLE, refers to human desire to actively design and control the conditions of an increasingly unstable world.

Dominik Halmer (b. 1978 Munich, Germany) currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied fine arts at the Academy in Düsseldorf with Albert Oehlen and later with Heimo Zobernig in Vienna. He has been awarded several grants and will have a large solo presentation in the Museum of Arts Wiesbaden in 2018.

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