From different viewpoints, Alexandra Leykauf (*1976) and Dominik Styk (*1996) in their two-person exhibition address perspectives and proportions while questioning the expectations and positions of the viewers. Within each artist’s practice, one grounded in photography and the other in sculpture, the eye and body become entangled. It is neither about the image nor the object itself, rather about how they can be approached, and the hierarchies, projections and desires that become revealed or shifted therein.
Alexandra Leykauf investigates the relationship between image and viewer, and context and space working with photographic imaging processes. Leykauf exploits the gaze as both a communicative and deceptive element. The image in turn quite often looks back.
With a simple but effective sewing technique, Dominik Styk produces abstracted forms that are simultaneously strange and familiar. He creates tightly bound figures of fabric that may recall upon a cuddly toy elephant stuck within e.g., but similar to the behaviour of mushrooms or moss, the process of stitching is also reminiscent of overgrowth.
Alexandra Leykauf (*1976), lives and works in Berlin. Studied at the academies in Nuremberg and Amsterdam as well as the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Solo and group exhibitions (selection): 2021 Kunstverein Springhornhof, Kunstverein Siegen; 2020 Villa du Parc, Annemasse (FR), KM Berlin; 2019 Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Galerie Bo Bjerggaard, Kopenhagen (DK); 2018 Focal Point Gallery, Southend (GB), 2016 Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (FR), 2015 GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst Bremen. Works in collections at Centre Pompidou (FR), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (FR), Royal Dutch KPN Collection (NL) among others.
Dominik Styk (*1996), lives and works in Hamburg. Studies at HfBK Hamburg with Michaela Mélian, before scenography of alternative and puppet theatre at DAMU, Academy of Performing Arts Prague (CZ). Exhibitions: 2022 Kunstforum Rottweil; 2021 Galerie Města Blanska, Blansko (CZ), 35m2 gallery, Prag (CZ), Galerie A.M.180, Prag (CZ); MŰTŐ, Budapest (HU); 2020 Jiri Svestka Gallery, Prag (CZ).
Curated by Annette Hans
Alexandra Leykauf: Sunset Harbor at Rio (Martin Johnson Heade) on my desk, 2015
Alexandra Leykauf: Stoneage Campfire, 2022
Fri, 18.02., 7 pm
Thu, 17.03., 7 pm
Guided tour with Sarah Maria Kaiser
Fri, 6.05., 7 pm
“Everything can be an image of everything”
Reading / Book presentation by Eske Schlüters
Thu, 12.05., 7 pm
The Soul of Metamorphosis: Plant, Animal, Human
Lecture by Oxana Timofeeva (en)
With an introduction by Alexandra Leykauf (en)
Sun, 15.05., 3 pm
Guided tour with Annette Hans
Sun, 15.05., 5 pm
Closing event with a concert by Ursula Sereghy
Der Senator für Kultur der Freien Hansestadt Bremen, Waldemar Koch Stiftung Bremen