Grey skies, rural surroundings and handbook labor—Martin Kačmarek’s work are a heartfelt tribute to the countryside. In Busy Romance at NBB Gallery, he portrays farmers and hand-workers in agrarian settings with an ideal mix of realism and emotional depth, telling charming tales of his characters. On one hand, Kačmarek is specializing in visually placing work motives reminiscent of the sunshine of the welding machine, on the opposite he’s telling private tales by way of contemplative farmer portraits. With a touch of humor and satire, Kačmarek outweighs the dreary actuality of rural life making his work relatable for all viewers.
Nevertheless, quite than being an opposition to city life, Kačmarek’s countryside motives are impressed by the digital realm, drawing inspiration from on-line areas and laptop video games. Conversely, the beginning factors for his compositions are present in on-line areas and laptop video games reminiscent of Farming Simulator or within the vlogs of farmer micro-influencers who share their day by day life on-line. Whereas he grew up on a farm in Slovakia and takes care of his household’s farmland himself, his inventive imaginative and prescient is expanded by incorporating gaming aesthetics. This fusion permits him to create a wider vary of motives and breathe life into his charming art work. Furthermore, the mastery of the air brush method used along with arduous edges of his objects supplies his canvases with an aesthetic of digital or rendered pictures.
Along with the seven canvases in Busy Romance there are instruments for agriculture inside the primary gallery room elevating the artwork expertise. Spades, sickles, and rakes allow a connection between the gallery area and the work. Though Busy Romance would possibly have fun work, there’s additionally a element of rest: the artist even assembled a seating made out of straw bales for all guests to sit down on, bringing a tangible little bit of the areas depicted in his canvases to Berlin.
Additionally on view at NBB Gallery is Dominika Kováčiková’s exhibition Good For Her. Her small format oil work mix symbols of purity with disruptive imagery. Emphasizing female parts reminiscent of ribbons or lace, the work embody blood, weapons and weapons. As a lot as weapons seem harmful, the artist quite emphasizes their protecting perform, making her feminine characters seem even stronger and extra decided, able to take revenge, shield themselves and overcome their previous. The duality of the imagery in addition to its interpretation is what Kováčiková certainly strives for. It may be the depiction of harmless characters in a mysterious forest or in haunting environments that evoke uncomfortable emotions. The manipulation of the surroundings permits one to transcend the boundaries of the classical depiction of figures and retains the viewer in suspense and anticipation.