topsy-turvy - Red Gate Gallery
AN EXHIBITION of drawing and collage works by German artist Harald Winter, topsy-turvy, will be on display at the Red Gate Gallery from May 1 to May 21, 2009.
The German expression “Drunter und Drüber”, which we might best understand as ‘topsy-turvy’, is possibly the most fitting description of the work of Harald Winter. Literally translated this phrase means “under and over” – things randomly scattered, lying around, on top of, and underneath all sorts of other items.
Figuratively speaking, the expression refers to a state of disorder and confusion – two ideas which describe not only the character, but also the style of the works displayed in this exhibition.
The present style of Winter’s work emerged accidentally when a particular doodle spilled over the page and had to be completed with two additional sheets. Retaining the border-defying spirit of this first drawing, Winter allows himself to be guided by no particular predetermined subject, letting memories and playful streams of consciousness find their own way across the space.
However, this lucid process is not without risk as each action could bring a new beginning or a change of direction. Conversely some works can never find their resolution, but it is within this uncertainty that excitement is found.
Layered in both their physical style and the subject matter they address, Harald Winter’s works are amalgamations of fragmented ideas and free thoughts, overlapping each other, building layers of meaning. At first glace they may seem playful, yet on closer inspection of the individual works, they are witty and incisive, somewhat reflecting the darker undercurrents of the times, even touching upon current affairs and politics, and definitely pieces that will engage and inspire.
Times: Friday, Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: from 2.30pm to 6.30pm. Last day of exhibition: 11am to 5pm.
Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8RU
Tel: 020 73260993