Sueddeutsche Zeitung | Joint exhibition 'JOUR FIX' | September 2021

SZ from September 8, 2021, 2:30 p.m

By Petra Schneider

Culture in Wolfratshausen : Four-legged triangle

The artists Sandra Kolondam, Klaus Soppe, Reinhild Stötzel and Daniela Satzinger show selected works in the Wolfratshauser Kunstturm at Schwankl-Eck. Your collective exhibition is rich in contrasts and worth seeing.

Art has had a home in Wolfratshausen for over a year, in a central location and in a representative building: the Isar Loisach Cultural Association (KIL) opened the art tower at Schwankl-Eck last August and is supporting the project with subsidies from the city , is worthy of all honor. The light-flooded rooms on several levels, in which there will also be readings, theater and small concerts in the future, are perfect for exhibitions. They give the images space to unfold. This can be seen in the current joint exhibition by Sandra Kolondam, Klaus Soppe, Reinhild Stötzel and Daniela Satzinger. The artist friends, who met a few years ago at the art mile in Wolfratshausen and at the artists' get-together, have joined forces to form an artist collective called "Bermuda Triangle". They live and work in three different places - Berg, Icking, Wolfratshausen - hence the name, explains Daniela Satzinger. Last year the four had a major exhibition in Berlin in the gallery district; Corona put a damper on their plans, says Satzinger, and the exhibition was canceled prematurely in June. Now for the first time “Bermuda Triangle” in the district. There is no one theme, techniques and styles of the exhibition in the Schwankl-Eck, which is worth seeing, are diverse.
On the ground floor, a large-format oil painting by Sandra Kolondam attracts the eye: “Everything that flies,” is the title. On the canvas, hummingbirds, tits, butterflies, airplanes and astronauts cavort between flowers in airy pastel tones with lots of pink. Goldfish also fit naturally into this hyper-realistic scenery, in which scale doesn't play a role. Kolondam, who runs a studio in Berg with her husband Klaus Soppe, studied painting and was a student of Rosa Loy and Markus Lüpertz. She puts objects and bodies from different areas of life together to create surreal worlds. This is also evident in the work "Machines and Red Berries": plump fruits in intense red form a symbiosis with sharp-edged, cool-blue machine parts - an unusually harmonious interplay of nature and technology.

Klaus Soppe's shimmering works are also fascinating. The draftsman, graphic artist, painter and former master student of Robin Page works with fine lines, precisely and virtuosically set, often in muted tones. As the distance increases, the lines condense into three-dimensional spaces and motifs; light and shadow effects become visible. A neo-impressionist style that can be clearly seen in the picture “Rocky Coast of the Adriatic”.

On the side wall hang works that could hardly be more different and show the range of this artist: flat, graphic shapes, the composition principle follows vertical and horizontal lines, the colors are warm; grained brown tones look like woodcuts. “Luminous Field” is one of these works in acrylic entitled. Fields, trees, path - a quiet, reduced landscape.

Reinhild Stötzel's geometric play of shapes is also captivating. The Ickingen painter and former art teacher has repeatedly dealt with constructive painting: a non-objective style that does not abstract from the view, but is based on geometric shapes. Stötzel exclusively paints vertical and horizontal stripes in series with varying color gradients. At first glance they seem static. If you look at it for a longer period of time, you will discover structures at the transitions; the lively colors create tension, intensify or weaken. This becomes particularly clear in the two works "Inversion": the stripes deepen into three-dimensional slats, the colors become almost physically perceptible - the intense orange burns, the blue cools.

And between all these stimulating perception games, the little collages by Satzinger: The second chairwoman of the Klecks School of Imagination, who is also a member of the KIL, has turned to collage in recent years. She collects photos from various media and compresses socially relevant topics into a small space; in concise imagery and often humorous. Like the series “Corona”: a St. Bernard dog that wears a toilet roll around its neck instead of a barrel of liquor to save it.

Exhibition in the art tower at Schwankl-Eck, Obermarkt 33, until October 3rd, Saturdays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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