site by site

10.04 – 16.05.2015


Galerie Mikael Andersen would like to welcome you to the opening of the solo exhibition sight by sight by Julia Oschatz, Friday 10th of April 2015, 5–7pm.


“Der Blick findet die Welt nicht fertig vor, er ist weiter für ihre Entstehung mitverantwortlich”    Otto Pächt


The exhibition sight by sight presents recent works that use old masterpieces as a source material for her techniques, ideas, situations, figures, forms and stories. The show is laden with art historical references, citing artists such as Pieter Breugel, José de Ribera and Joachim Patinir.


Julia Oschatz will build a site-specific installation in the gallery; made from cardboard and paint the construction is reminiscent of a private museum and works to ‘set the scene’ for the exhibition itself. sight by sight draws attention to questions such as: What are we seeing? Where is the line between image and reality? How is the image of reality constructed? How much present reality is on the surface of ‘old’ paintings?


One of the paintings predominantly referenced is the The Dutch Proverbs, 1559 by Pieter Breugel, in the collection of the “Staatliche Museen zu Berlin”. Oschatz’s own imagery is derived from some of the scenes represented in the painting. In this collaboration the figures of Oschatz’s paintings and prints have circular openings in their heads that act as frames for displaying the view: one of the possible sights/realities.


In her series of 7 very short video works “grueBel” (relating to Breugel's painting) Oschatz displays both enigma and humour whilst she performs using masks that act as kind of apparatus in the scene. The works are evocative of DADA with an almost slapstick tone but are cohesive and intimate at the same time.


Galerie Mikael Andersen is very pleased to present the exhibition as the second solo show by Julia Oschatz in the gallery in Copenhagen.


Julia Oschatz (b. 1970) lives and works in Berlin. In November 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis, along with an exhibition at Berlin’s Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings).

Photo credits: Jan Søndergaard