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Matthias Heiderich from Reflexiones

Exhibition open: 13.09.14 – 5.10.14

‘Restwert’ brings together work from two contemporary German photographers, Dietmar Eckell and Matthias Heiderich. The exhibition includes a selection of pieces from Eckell’s long-running project ‘Restwert’ which examines the residue of human occupation in and inscription onto the landscape. Eckell’s forlorn aircraft and abandoned monuments present the diminishing traces of social and historical events, of political experiences and of innumerable personal narratives; his landscapes evoke the relentless passage of time and seem proof of the inevitable advance of social entropy.

Matthias Heiderich’s architectural photographs are characterised by an interest in geometric form and hyper-saturated colour; the physical concreteness of his subjects is translated (through the lens) into vibrant abstractions. Needless to say that this euphoric geometry finds its antecedent in the immaculate forms of modernist visual language. Parallels can be drawn with Karl-Hugo Schmölz’s images of 1950s Cologne though in Heiderich’s case, not burdened by that unspoken but implicit post-trauma of reconstruction.

With this in mind, the concrete, architectural subjects which Heiderich photographs become ever more insubstantial edifices; these are structures as image. Depth as surface, texture as pattern. One could almost imagine a hyper-image of this kind might previously have adorned one of Dietmar Eckell’s now stripped bill boards. One function of this foregrounding of the image is of course to destabilise the relationship (or assumed equivalence) between the photograph and ‘the thing itself’. At the heart of this iconoclastic admission is the recognition of photography’s residual relationship to the photographed.

Matthias Heiderich is a self-taught German photographer based in Berlin. Since 2010 he has exhibited in the United States and across Europe including solo shows at Audi Art Gallery in St. Petersburg, Carte Blanche in San Francisco and Spot Galerie in Berlin. Heiderich has contributed to Danielle Krysa’s Creative Block, Echoes of the Future (Gestalten Verlag) and Zitty Berlin Buch, and been featured in Vogue and L’Officiel amongst others. Heiderich’s work featured in Restwert was shot between 2012 and 2014 from the series, Spektrum Eins + Zwei (Berlin 2012), West / Ost (Berlin 2013), and Reflexiones / Reflexionen (Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, 2013 – 2014).

Dietmar Eckell is a German photographer and adventurer whose work explores the ‘Restwert’ (residual value) of abandoned objects. The aesthetics of decay, the stories behind the write-offs and the memories they evoke make these objects worth documenting. Dietmar Eckell’s photographs attempts to underline the temporality of man made objects, human endeavours and perception by capturing them in nature’s endlessly regenerative growth. The series ‘Happy End’ shows aircraft which occupy remote crash-sites and has recently been published in book-form.



Porthleven: A Peripatetic Encounter

Bath Spa Porthleven Prize 2014

O3 gallery
Caroline Meynall
Fiona Haines

Exhibition open: 11.10.14 – 26.10.14

Bath Spa University and the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust (founded by local property developer Trevor Osborne) joined forces again this year to offer 5 students an artist’s residency in Porthleven, Cornwall, followed by an exhibition at the O3 Gallery.

In May 2014 the Bath Spa Porthleven Prize sent 5 Bath Spa students on a ten-day residency to the Porthleven Lifeboat Art Studio, in the harbour of Porthleven, South Cornwall. Whilst there, the students worked together to produce a body of collaborative artwork in a number of disciplines including performance and text, as well as visual art. In October 2014 the culmination of the artwork produced by these early career artists is presented in the form of this contemporary art exhibition. Taking their inspiration from the physical act of walking the landscape, the participating students have skilfully woven together all aspects of their Porthleven experience to produce a contemporary creative vision of this special location.
Participating Artists:
Lucinda Burgess
Emily Furnell
Fiona Haines
Sae Murai
Jennifer Newbury


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