Aaron Fahlefeld

Photos: Mechthild Kirchner


30th January - 14th March 2015



DIRECT ART GALLERY opens its exhibition Nº 3 ‚Silent Motion‘ as part of the ‚Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015‘ in which several renowned galleries, museums and institutions in Dusseldorf participate. As part of this weekend, our gallery presents photos taken by Aaron Fahlefeld and Gotthard Graubner as well as drawings made by Wolfgang Orend.


Motion, not active and loud, but silent, not really showing a dynamic process but rather describing a zone of experience for the artist and the beholder, connects the works displayed in this group exhibition.


Aaron Fahlefeld‘s photos are experimental fields of artistic expression. The artist veils the line between reality and fiction. Fahlefeld does not wish to hold onto an image from the past in his photos. The photo, as a kind of copy or documentary witness of reality is of secondary importance. The artist is rather interested in the veil around a place and its restructuring. Through different sources of light he writes abstract forms in the darkness generating freely moving compositions of color. By using long light exposures it becomes clear that the aspect of time is an important aspect in Fahlefeld‘s work. Only in relation to space and time, can motion come into existence. Looking at Fahlefeld‘s work as a unit, the cross-play between hiding and uncovering concrete situations becomes clear. In some of his photos, Fahlefeld captures himself through the lens as two distinct, mostly shadowy figures. His mysterious presence seems hasty, as if he appeared there by accident.


Gotthard Graubner took the photos of his black and white series ‚Bhutan‘ in a Buddhist monastery, Wangdiphodang in Bhutan. He used a 35 mm lens to capture ritual dances in ten pictures, which show an intimate event in hasty sequences directly and silently. Within a few minutes, almost accidentally, Graubner created photos from the perspective of someone inconspicuously squatting in a corner of the room. His eyes were aiming at the dancers while he was pushing the button of his Leica.


This way the artist had the chance to take the picture of the atmosphere of the dimly-lit holy scene. The progression from the ritual prayer to the dance in motion can be experienced in these ten pictures. It‘s noteworthy to mention here, that Graubner has intentionally used this chronological order as a means to present motion effectively.


The third part of our exhibition focuses on the work of artist Wolfgang Orend. His drawings originate from a simply drawn outline of a human. With this core as the base, Orend develops lines around it in wavy forms and creates a structure of the body that reminds us of the inner ring-structure of a trunk. Although the bodies seem to be enclosed they are not static and create a new form of motion that allows contact between the figures and thus offers sensitive zones of 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.