Photos: Vitus Kirchner


7th November - 20th December 2014



DIRECT ART GALLERY proudly presents its exhibition No 2. We cordially invite you for the opening on the 7th November at Citadellstraße 15, 40213 Dusseldorf. The exhibition features works by Murat Akay, Bernd Ollhorn, Uwe Breckner and Mario Jambresic. Through this group exhibition, we wish to put special emphasis on works that express urbanity in its temporal and spatial dimensions using varied methods.


Murat Akay’s “houses” are clear, incisive and laconic. The composition of these paintings is reduced to an extreme, thus they speak an intensive language. Akay manages to attribute a high degree of abstraction to his prosaic and figurative motive. The composition of the surfaces of color comes to the fore in his examination of form and color. Large-sized paintings emerge from Akay’s desire to create color compositions. To him it is about the act of serial painting, which he commemorates in ever new compositions of color and form, based on the maxim “a house is not a house is not a house”.


Bernd Ollhorn’s drawings display a process-oriented picture language. Process as motion, alteration, a change of perspectives of sorts, finds expression in the artists detailed city landscapes. Just like being in a time lapse, the fronts of his houses extend widely, bend, constipate and gape apart to end abruptly. The rhythm of urban perspectives is determined by words like “speed-up” or” standstill”. When space and time merge into a single entity, dimensions are synchronized. Ollhorn often constructs three-dimensional spaces that convert themselves into two-dimensional patterns. The alignment in his drawings forms structures that do not allow three-dimensionality. The artist picks up these structured patterns and thus shapes the ornamental character of his drawings.


Uwe Breckner’s objects are relicts of his memory. His fascination for annual fairs during his childhood days is embodied in his work. It is not the wild exuberance of these folk festivals that stirs Breckners passion, but rather it is his technical interest for form and function that enables him to rebuild carousels, bumper cars and other fairground rides in a very precise manner. Simple Paperboards serve him as material in making these miniature objects. Breckner uses neither photographs nor preparatory drawings while making them, but succeeds to create meticulously detailed models, proportions, colors and technical details from his memory. The artist overcomes the temporal dimension, livens up long-gone things and returns the form to his observation.


Mario Jambresic’s constables’ are an integral part of urban life. The well-known awardee of the Euward creates figures by drawing them very powerfully. He overlies and intensifies color coats until they gain a vellum-like surface feel. Uniforms, smocks, jackets, leather coats, trench coats, peaked caps, ties and elegant hats bestow an identity, a profession and serve a function on the pictured ‘constables’. All of Jambresic‘s characters are inspired by real-life individuals, all of them strangers, who he observes in the city. He is not shy to observe his subjects from close range, sometimes even touching them to comprehend the exact details of their fabrics and surfaces. The period that these „constables“ are of direct service to him is about six months. Being next to the pillow he sleeps on at night, in his trouser or even his jacket‘s front pocket through the day, the ‘constable’ grants Jambresic protection.





DIRECT ART GALLERY is a non-profit gallery with the aim to support artists with a mental or psychological handicap. The gallery is run by the foundation ‘Aktion-Kunst-Stiftung’ and is located in the center of the well-known museums and galleries of Düsseldorf. In addition to the presentation of classical positions on Outsider Art, the gallery also focuses on young, upcoming contemporary artists.