OPENING FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019
6 – 9 PM
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, APRIL 27 AND APRIL 28, 2019
11 AM – 7 PM
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Nutrition and Drama is the first gallery exhibition by German-born Veit Laurent Kurz featuring new paintings, sculptures and a video collage.
Kurz’ recent exhibitions expand upon an imagined, artificial biosphere. While alluding to formerly inhabited worlds, his post-technological landscapes are recast as ecosystems in an ancient future. Made primarily from sculpted and painted polystyrene and modeling materials, they resemble production units for the manufacture of the herbal juice HERBA-4, a recurring fictional product. These artificial topographies provide the habitat for various humanoid, wild and fantastical Dilldapp species, thought to have originated in the Hunsrück area in Germany.
In this exhibition, Kurz abandons the synthetic landscape towards a more idyllic setting. Large Styrofoam panels, decorated with ornaments, flowers and birds, are reminiscent of archaic Roman mural painting, while the architectural elements, made from the same material, allude to the ghostly ruins of ancient Pompeii. Within this archeological site the Dilldapps operate a manufacturing unit for HERBA-4.
Born in Germany in 1985 Veit Laurent Kurz lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany between 2009 and 2012. Upcoming and recent exhibitions include Kunstverein Nürnberg (2019), Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany (2017), The High Line, New York (2017), Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2017) and The Whitney Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015).
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi
Schöneberger Ufer 61