17 June - 26 August 2018
PURPUR – Der Tanz
Jüdische Gemeinde zu Dresden, Gemeindehaus
Hasenberg 1, 01067 Dresden
Vernissage am 17. Juni 2018 um 17.00 Uhr
Iris Bodenburg is a remarkable and highly regarded artist with outstanding training as a painter and graphic designer. She graduated with distinction from the "Burg Giebichenstein" University of Art and Design in Halle/Saale, and directly afterwards completed her artistic and technical skills as a master student of Prof. Werner Tübke at the Academy of Arts in Berlin, with whom she remained friends until his death. Her style is unmistakable and masterful. Years ago I discovered just one print by Iris Bodenburg in one of our relevant galleries in Halle/S. and was immediately fascinated and under the spell of this painting, which stood out with individual expression, with immanent power and skilful capture of the moment of movement. For me, who has worked as a dramaturge with a wide variety of artists, this was and is the discovery of a colour and artistic hand all my own. She has acquired an enormous skill in watercolour painting, working on highly textured handmade sheets from China, Nepal and Japan. This requires incredible skill in figurative painting with watercolours, which have a gradient radius on these sheets that must be considered and planned. I have never seen anything like it. She has perfected her skills through study and time spent in Asia. No one in our space here can come close to or emulate Iris Bodenburg's skill, this very special performing mastery. I have seen quite outstanding nudes in interestingly soft colours, of great charisma and great works of animals in motion, which carry enormous power and energy and beauty. She creates portraits and all with her own distinctive, original signature.There are collectors in England and a faithful following here in our region and beyond. She had made herself scarce for some years. Sold, perfected studies, maintained personal contact with her buyers and followers. In the meantime, she has reoriented herself, moved back to the centre of the city and has the desire to radiate more to the outside world, to be more present, to be seen with her art and, as an artistic personality, to mix more and more consciously into the public sphere again.
For the current exhibition, the artist uses, among other things, nature, this all-encompassing event, as an inspiration and creative source. In addition, she deals with the material of myths, the traditional treasure of concentrated human experience, fantasy and longing. Thus she feels the elemental power and wisdom of love in being human and deals with the deeper, hidden symbolism of the "Golden Fleece", known from mythologically influenced literature about the Argonauts. The golden, magical ram's skin, hunted by Greek heroes, is seen in connection with the longing for the unadulterated purity of the human soul of all beginnings.
A vision. A longing.
FROM PURPLE & GOLD
Cornelia Nitzschke, Master in Drama and Theatre Arts / Dramaturg / Author
Galerie M1 – Kunstzone Gera