Curated by Julie Gaspard, Leen Kelly Smells and Ken Wiatrek.
Salon is proud to present OOOh, its inaugural exhibition featuring work by Scottish artist Stephanie Mann and Germany-based Patrick Sellmann.
Both Mann’s and Sellmann’s practice is rooted in sculptural principles. Where one explores the object in relation to itself, the other makes earnest attempts of verisimilitudes from memory, unintentionally distorting ‘reality’ in the process. Both artists explore the general form of the object. One focuses on what he sees and creates his own interpretation. The other examines the found object, a playful dissection of the form. Both searching for the Apeiron.
Sellmann aims to recreate what he has seen a glimpse of. Twenty-five minutes of a random television cartoon turn into numerous versions of the character he has seen, the Form manifested tenfold, colors and characteristics reproduced but given new agency by Sellmann. He creates and creates, a dedicated maker who produces an abundance of work in a mania to manifest what he has at most glanced at.
Mann explores the essence of the object. Letting it be, playing with association and setting it free.
“The egg is quiet and never discusses her formation decisions” she tells us in A Conglomerate of Voices Rise Up Like Hidden Steam. The apple follows its informed instinct. Who or what decides what things look like? They themselves in a hidden process perhaps?
In Still Life on Face, she does exactly that and creates a still life on her face with a variety of objects. They tumble down, sometimes, push another object out of the way, take a partner with them on their way down. Some stay put balancing on top of a cheek or lying down across an eyelid. What seems heavy might then appear light.
Patrick Sellmann (former Patrick Farzar) was born in Münster in 1976 and graduated from the HfbK in Hamburg in 2008. His work has been shown in Germany and internationally at amongst others Feinkunst Krüger (2015, 2017), Keith (2016), Westwerk in Hamburg (2014), Totholz Galerie Loyal in Malmö (2011) and Gestüt Galerie Metis in Amsterdam (2007). In addition he has shown at the Neuer Saarbrücker Kunstverein (2012), Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserlautern (2008) and Kunstverein Hamburg (2008).
Stephanie Mann makes two and three dimensional works which recontextualise happenings in the subconscious, using objects as condensation points. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art MFA Contemporary Art Practice in 2013 and is currently based at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Awards include the John Watson Prize, Andrew Grant Bequest Award & Scholarship and the John Kinross Travel Scholarship. Recent projects include: One Blue Pigeon with Faith Limbrick, Gallery 5595, Edinburgh; If I Do Nothing, Nothing Does, with Jospeh Maynou and Matt Calderwood, SCAN Project Room, London; The Artist Traveller, Royal Scottish Academy; Call and Response: Women in Surrealism, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; and The transparent tortoise shell and the un-ripe umbrella, Glasgow Sculpture Studios.