VOLTA NEW YORK 2018 Enrico Freitag & Anna Bittersohl

For Volta NY 2018 (booth D17) we conceived a two-artist dialogue around the human experience, though perspectives of memory and labor. Anna Bittersohl culls from an internal database of sorts for her lush scenes of figures and objects, rendered and erased by painterly layers. She was featured last year in a solo exhibition for Kunstforderverein Weinheim. Through his recent series ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’, Enrico Freitag explores the promise of free market capitalism, depicting those consuming and working in pursuit of a false promise of happiness. Both  artists live and work in former East Germany where to this day the famous Leipziger Schule is the dominant factor in the artistic scene of the area.

In the work of Enrico Freitag  people play a leading role. He deals with the issues of the human being in relation to its working environment: feelings of alienation and fear of being absorbed by nameless masses in generic working places is the main theme in Freitag’s paintings and watercolors. In this recent series, The Pursuit of Happiness, exhibited at VOLTA NY, Freitag explores the promise of free market capitalism, depicting those consuming and working in pursuit of a false promise of happiness. The paintings reveal the struggle behind this search for prosperity, but also the mechanisms of higher powers (both political and economic) that drive the masses to this quest for presumed happiness.

In the paintings by Anna Bittersohl she mostly deals with questions of human existence and the truth, a hot topic these days. She is fascinated by the effects that result from our observations and memories. How we try to keep the memory of certain events alive; we add it to our internal database, we  optimize it and try to avoid a constant loss of truth. But what happens when we look back? How much can we rely on this memory for being accurate?
Take, for example, a simple vase. You have tried to memorize it, maybe even by taking notes. This allows you to describe the vase in general terms and emphasize its essential characteristics. However, a selective mechanism starts there. What size did the vase have? Which details were important? And in what surrounding was the vase? What thoughts did you have when you looked at it? Inevitably, the transformation process begins here. It will be impossible to see the same vase in exactly the same way as you did at first. The truth of the moment lies in the past. It is inevitable.

The colors adapt to the way the brain works and the influence of applied and erased layers of paint is essential. The themes refer both to Bittershol’s personal archive of images and facts and to the process of painting itself. However, according to Bittersohl, the painting will eventually decide for itself about the truth of its own moment.

The basic idea behind her newest body of works, You grow in your garden, on display at VOLTA New York, recognizes us, the human being, as part of his individual spiritual and physical environment. We depend on a symbiotic process with our habitat if we are to evolve ourselves in our lives, meaning only if we cultivate our garden we will grow both spiritually and physically.

LOCATION: PIER 90, 12TH AVENUE (AT WEST 50TH STREET), NEW YORK, NY 10019

PREVIEW: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7

GUEST OF HONOR + PRESS PREVIEW

4 – 6 pm

VIP + PUBLIC VERNISSAGE

6 – 9 pm

PUBLIC HOURS: THURSDAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 8 – 10

12 – 8 pm

SUNDAY, MARCH 11

12 – 5 pm

 

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-12, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 120 x 100 cm
Labora 18-12

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-6, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 41 x 31 cm
Labora 18-6

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-5, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 44 x 44 cm
Labora 18-5

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-2a, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 54 x 43 cm
Labora 18-2a

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-7, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 33 x 26 cm
Labora 18-7

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-10, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 55 x 42 cm
Labora 18-10

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-3, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 36 x 31 cm
Labora 18-3

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-4, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 43 x 65 cm
Labora 18-4

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-8, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 38 x 60 cm
Labora 18-8

Enrico Freitag

Labora 18-1a, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 51 x 53 cm
Labora 18-1a

Enrico Freitag

LabOra, Interior V, 2017

  • oil on canvas
  • 40 x 30 cm
LabOra, Interior V

Enrico Freitag

LabOra, Interior IV, 2017

  • oil on canvas
  • 80 x 60 cm
LabOra, Interior IV

Booth D17 - Volta NY 2018 - Enrico Freitag

Booth D17 - Volta NY 2018 - Enrico Freitag

Anna Bittersohl

Mapping II, 2017

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 40 cm
Mapping II

Anna Bittersohl

Keine Macht, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 100 x 90cm
Keine Macht

Anna Bittersohl

L+S Problem, 2017

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 50 cm
L+S Problem

Anna Bittersohl

Neue Fahnen, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 100 x 90cm
Neue Fahnen

Anna Bittersohl

Alles, 2017

  • oil on canvas
  • 80 x 60 cm
Alles

Anna Bittersohl

Die Welt ist eine Scheibe, 2018

  • oil on canvas
  • 80 x 60cm
Die Welt ist eine Scheibe

Anna Bittersohl

Ode II, 2017

  • oil on wood
  • 30 x 25cm
Ode II

Anna Bittersohl

Lost in blue, 2018

  • oil on wood
  • 30 x 25cm
Lost in blue

Anna Bittersohl

XXX, 2014

  • oil on wood
  • 20 x 15 cm
XXX

Anna Bittersohl

Zelt, 2016

  • oil on wood
  • 20 x 15 cm
Zelt

Anna Bittersohl

Helm, 2017

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 40 cm
Helm

Anna Bittersohl

Sie irren sich, 2017

  • oil on panel
  • 25 x 25 cm
Sie irren sich

Anna Bittersohl

Birch, 2017

  • oil on panel
  • 20 x 15 cm
Birch

Anna Bittersohl

Balls, 2017

  • oil on wood
  • 30 x 25cm
Balls

Anna Bittersohl

Fliehkraft, 2018

  • oil on wood
  • 30 x 25cm
Fliehkraft

Anna Bittersohl

Colour field II, 2017

  • oil on canvas
  • 50 x 40 cm
Colour field II

Anna Bittersohl

Collection of mind, 2018

  • oil on wood
  • 30 x 25cm
Collection of mind

Anna Bittersohl

Gold, 2018

  • oil on wood
  • 20 x 15cm
Gold

Anna Bittersohl

Prisma, 2017

  • oil on panel
  • 20 x 15 cm
Prisma

Anna Bittersohl

Do not touch, 2017

  • oil on panel
  • 20 x 15 cm
Do not touch

Anna Bittersohl

Im Schatten III, 2017

  • oil on panel
  • 20 x 15 cm
Im Schatten III

Booth D17 - Volta NY 2018 - Anna Bittersohl

Booth D17 - Volta NY 2018 - Anna Bittersohl

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