Data / Ora
Date(s) - 22/02/2022 - 02/04/2022
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RIBOT is pleased to present “of ants and bees,” the second solo exhibition by Marco Reichert (Berlin, 1979) at the gallery.
A few years after his debut in Milan, the artist returns to the city with a series of works created for the occasion, which reflect the context within which they were conceived: a society that is increasingly led to live with technology.
The paintings on display are made through a rather complex process that combines manual actions with the pictorial traces impressed on the canvas by machines designed and programmed by Reichert himself. Initiated several years ago, this method of working produces fascinating compositions that belong to the sphere of abstract painting, but have recently included features that can be traced back to figuration. The rounded shapes made up of the alternation of line and void may in fact recall the growth-rings of wood, the geometric patterns that nature spontaneously generates or even faces and fingerprints.
In the works presented creative capacity is not subordinate to technology, but rather is a fundamental component for the constructive dynamic of the painting. Reichert’s choice of a phrase from an interview with the painter Jonathan Meese as the title of his show, in which reference is made to the pure animal instinct (like that of ants and bees) that guides the artist in creating the very last details of the work, gives insight into his thought.
Instead of renouncing intervention on the canvases, the artist enhances them with coloured backgrounds or treatments to make certain parts reflective and metallic, balancing and equilibrating the relationship between man and machine. Their interaction gives rise to paintings that evoke a physicality and spatiality that enables them to be seen as living compositions—the daughters of a very topical and peculiar language that becomes idea and action.
For the exhibition Marco Reichert has also created a special project in 15 pieces: a merino wool scarf that shows the characteristic signs of the passage of his painting machines onto the material.
Marco Reichert (Berlin, 1979) lives and works in Berlin. He studied painting at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee and information technology at Humboldt University, both of them in Berlin. He has taken part in solo and group shows in such prestigious international institutes and galleries as: Circle Culture Gallery, Hamburg, 2021; Hoto, Berlin, 2021; Bender Gallery, Asheville, 2021; Benjamin Eck Projects, Munich, 2021; Circle Culture Gallery, Berlin, 2020; Gallery Benoni, Copenaghen, 2020; KH7ARTSPACE, Aarhus, 2018; Kalashnikovv Gallery, Berlin, 2017; The Art Scouts, Berlin, 2016; Kunstverein Weinheim, Collection Baumgärtner, Weinheim, 2014; Herbert-Gerisch Stiftung, Neumünster, 2014; Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, 2011; Freies Museum Berlin, Berlin, 2010; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, 2009.