Past Exhibitions

On Wednesday, March 18th, Galerie Thomas Schulte will open the solo exhibition “The painting fallen, and the collapse of Rome” by Danilo Dueñas. This is the second exhibition of the Colombian artist in the gallery after his installation in the corner space in 2012.

 

Danilo Dueñas works with found materials, which he looks for or discovers by accident. Often these are everyday objects; they are discarded, old or new. The focus is on things that have long outlived their useful purpose. For his current exhibition he has, among other things, imported tires and a truck tarp from Colombia, and discovered a carpet, a small piece of furniture, sunbeds, a frying pan and a magnifying glass at flea markets. Despite his ongoing engagement with formal issues, a direct connection to the real life is important for him. Thus, his choice is by no means arbitrary, rather it is derived by an inner necessity, which the artist himself describes as an unconditional belief in the world that surrounds us. In his works the beauty of life is a major issue and is often presented with emphasis on its transience and imperfections. All objects are part of our reality, are substantive and beautiful. At the same time these things represent more than just their function: A frying pan is more than a frying pan, a tire is more than a tire, a piece of wood is more than a piece of wood. At the same time, the artist stresses the relationship between art work and the world of the living.

 

The artist subjects his material to minimal or no treatment, before assembling it to create apparently fragile, yet expansive constructions. The massive installations find their balance in an elaborate, technical, yet aesthetic system. For the duration of an exhibition, the everyday objects are transferred to the art context, and are there filled with new life before they are returned to their original location. By putting the objects into new relationship to each other, the artist refers to the possibility of aesthetic experience beyond their actual, practical function. With his installations Dueñas encourages the viewer to fundamentally rethink the surrounding things and their relationship to one another.

 

Dueñas transforms the whole room into a stage, in which sculptures turn to paintings and paintings turn to sculptures. On one wall collages are arranged by size. Even here, the works are comprised of objets trouvés: texts, prints, advertisements, wood. The artist underlines the particularity of the objects by overpainting them in a combination of Abstract expressionism and Dada.

 

Again and again, Danilo Dueñas links his work to other artists. In the corner space, he reproduced the 1908 oil painting “Die Enthüllung des Richard Wagner Denkmals” by Anton von Werner. It depicts in great detail the huge event, which occurred in 1903 in Berlin’s Tiergarten and was attended by many Berliner artists such as painter Adolph von Menzel and sculptor Peter Breuer. The historic scene does not just unify painter and sculptor in one painting, but also represents that which fascinates Dueñas: the reality of life, which becomes art.

America the beautiful, 2012
collage on painted wood
19.5 x 24 cm | 7 2/3 x 9 1/2 in
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Many Figures, 2013
mixed media on paper
37.5 x 44 x 3 cm | 14 3/4 x 17 1/3 x 1 1/4 in
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Tarzannish landscape, 2014
painted wood
46 x 58 cm | 18 x 22 3/4 in
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Escher tarts, 2013
collage and painted sanded wood
22 x 30 cm | 8 2/3 x 11 3/4 in
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Grey smoke from train, 2013
painted wood and collage
60.3 x 48 cm | 23 3/4 x 19 in
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Green Church at Amalfi, 2013
painted wood and collage
33.7 x 31.2 cm | 13 1/4 x 12 1/4 in
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The climb of the pyramid, 2013
painted wood and collage
21.5 x 18.5 x 4.2 cm | 8 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 1 2/3 in
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I wish I would have seen this, 2013
collage on painted wood
49.9 x 41.6 cm | 19 2/3 x 16 1/3 in
The room was full, 2013
collage on painted wood
45.4 x 41 cm | 17 3/4 x 16 1/4 in
Snowy,windy,mountain, 2014
collage and painted wood
60.1 x 59.2 cm | 23 2/3 x 23 1/3 in
The Chairs, 2013
collage and painted wood
39.5 x 28 cm | 15 1/2 x 11 in
Town, 2014
painted and sanded wood
31.2 x 31.3 cm | 12 1/4 x 12 1/3 in
Santa Lucia on the mountains, 2014
collage on painted wood
30.5 x 58 cm | 12 x 22 3/4 in
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The Alhambra in red, 2013
collage on painted wood
28 x 29 cm | 11 x 11 1/2 in
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Red maroon clouds, 2011
painted wood
13 x 26.5 cm | 5 x 10 1/2 in
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Red lights on runway, 2014
collage on painted wood
40 x 31 cm | 15 3/4 x 12 1/4 in
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Scraped and battered, 2012
collage and painted sanded wood
28 x 17.3 cm | 11 x 6 3/4 in
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The iron cross, 2015
2 metal ladders, zinc and steel tub, 2 camp beds, beam of wood, reproduction on aluminum panels, wooden pedestal, textiles, sticks with nails, metal sculpture, iron mesh, red lamp
dimensions variable
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El monte Tabor, 2015
truck tarpaulin, 3 mattresses, corner armoire, rug, telescope, magnifying glass, frying pan
dimensions variable
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The tables, 2015
2 tables with slabs
dimensions variable
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  • Artist Profile
  • Works in Exhibition
  • On Wednesday, March 18th, Galerie Thomas Schulte will open the solo exhibition “The painting fallen, and the collapse of Rome” by Danilo Dueñas. This is the second exhibition of the Colombian artist in the gallery after his installation in the corner space in 2012.

     

    Danilo Dueñas works with found materials, which he looks for or discovers by accident. Often these are everyday objects; they are discarded, old or new. The focus is on things that have long outlived their useful purpose. For his current exhibition he has, among other things, imported tires and a truck tarp from Colombia, and discovered a carpet, a small piece of furniture, sunbeds, a frying pan and a magnifying glass at flea markets. Despite his ongoing engagement with formal issues, a direct connection to the real life is important for him. Thus, his choice is by no means arbitrary, rather it is derived by an inner necessity, which the artist himself describes as an unconditional belief in the world that surrounds us. In his works the beauty of life is a major issue and is often presented with emphasis on its transience and imperfections. All objects are part of our reality, are substantive and beautiful. At the same time these things represent more than just their function: A frying pan is more than a frying pan, a tire is more than a tire, a piece of wood is more than a piece of wood. At the same time, the artist stresses the relationship between art work and the world of the living.

     

    The artist subjects his material to minimal or no treatment, before assembling it to create apparently fragile, yet expansive constructions. The massive installations find their balance in an elaborate, technical, yet aesthetic system. For the duration of an exhibition, the everyday objects are transferred to the art context, and are there filled with new life before they are returned to their original location. By putting the objects into new relationship to each other, the artist refers to the possibility of aesthetic experience beyond their actual, practical function. With his installations Dueñas encourages the viewer to fundamentally rethink the surrounding things and their relationship to one another.

     

    Dueñas transforms the whole room into a stage, in which sculptures turn to paintings and paintings turn to sculptures. On one wall collages are arranged by size. Even here, the works are comprised of objets trouvés: texts, prints, advertisements, wood. The artist underlines the particularity of the objects by overpainting them in a combination of Abstract expressionism and Dada.

     

    Again and again, Danilo Dueñas links his work to other artists. In the corner space, he reproduced the 1908 oil painting “Die Enthüllung des Richard Wagner Denkmals” by Anton von Werner. It depicts in great detail the huge event, which occurred in 1903 in Berlin’s Tiergarten and was attended by many Berliner artists such as painter Adolph von Menzel and sculptor Peter Breuer. The historic scene does not just unify painter and sculptor in one painting, but also represents that which fascinates Dueñas: the reality of life, which becomes art.

    Works in Exhibition

    America the beautiful, 2012
    collage on painted wood
    19.5 x 24 cm | 7 2/3 x 9 1/2 in
    Inquire
    Many Figures, 2013
    mixed media on paper
    37.5 x 44 x 3 cm | 14 3/4 x 17 1/3 x 1 1/4 in
    Inquire
    Tarzannish landscape, 2014
    painted wood
    46 x 58 cm | 18 x 22 3/4 in
    Inquire
    Escher tarts, 2013
    collage and painted sanded wood
    22 x 30 cm | 8 2/3 x 11 3/4 in
    Inquire
    Grey smoke from train, 2013
    painted wood and collage
    60.3 x 48 cm | 23 3/4 x 19 in
    Inquire
    Green Church at Amalfi, 2013
    painted wood and collage
    33.7 x 31.2 cm | 13 1/4 x 12 1/4 in
    Inquire
    The climb of the pyramid, 2013
    painted wood and collage
    21.5 x 18.5 x 4.2 cm | 8 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 1 2/3 in
    Inquire
    I wish I would have seen this, 2013
    collage on painted wood
    49.9 x 41.6 cm | 19 2/3 x 16 1/3 in
    The room was full, 2013
    collage on painted wood
    45.4 x 41 cm | 17 3/4 x 16 1/4 in
    Snowy,windy,mountain, 2014
    collage and painted wood
    60.1 x 59.2 cm | 23 2/3 x 23 1/3 in
    The Chairs, 2013
    collage and painted wood
    39.5 x 28 cm | 15 1/2 x 11 in
    Town, 2014
    painted and sanded wood
    31.2 x 31.3 cm | 12 1/4 x 12 1/3 in
    Santa Lucia on the mountains, 2014
    collage on painted wood
    30.5 x 58 cm | 12 x 22 3/4 in
    Inquire
    The Alhambra in red, 2013
    collage on painted wood
    28 x 29 cm | 11 x 11 1/2 in
    Inquire
    Red maroon clouds, 2011
    painted wood
    13 x 26.5 cm | 5 x 10 1/2 in
    Inquire
    Red lights on runway, 2014
    collage on painted wood
    40 x 31 cm | 15 3/4 x 12 1/4 in
    Inquire
    Scraped and battered, 2012
    collage and painted sanded wood
    28 x 17.3 cm | 11 x 6 3/4 in
    Inquire
    The iron cross, 2015
    2 metal ladders, zinc and steel tub, 2 camp beds, beam of wood, reproduction on aluminum panels, wooden pedestal, textiles, sticks with nails, metal sculpture, iron mesh, red lamp
    dimensions variable
    Inquire
    El monte Tabor, 2015
    truck tarpaulin, 3 mattresses, corner armoire, rug, telescope, magnifying glass, frying pan
    dimensions variable
    Inquire
    The tables, 2015
    2 tables with slabs
    dimensions variable
    Inquire

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