Gerhard Hofland is presenting the second solo exhibition of Jochen Mühlenbrink (1980 Freiburg). The exhibition includes new paintings, installations and sculptures. Pola Void presents a body of work that employs the trompe-l’oeil effect, a technique Mühlenbrink uses to emphasise the relationships between abstraction and figuration. By harnessing this effect, he can zoom in on the material itself and inhabit the boundary between representation and illusion, his area of exploration. As in all his work, these images investigate the tension between absence and presence, fiction and non-fiction. Where does reality end and artifice begin?
One painting depicts a series of Polaroids of landscapes and abstract compositions. The Polaroids are taped onto a grey background. In the hands of the artists, the landscapes and compositions featured in the Polaroids become of secondary importance to the photos based upon them. Herein lies the concentration. The lacquered instant photos against the matt, dry background and precisely replicated painted tape that secured the Polaroid.
Jochen Mühlenbrink graduated from the art academy in Dusseldorf in 2007; his tutor was Professor Markus Lűpertz. In 2010 he won the Főrderpreis fűr Malerei of the OEVO and in 2009 an overview of his work was presented in Kunstverein Heppenhein. In 2012 he won the Internationalen Bergischen Kunstpreis. In the spring of 2013 a selection of his work will be presented at the Morat-Institut für Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft in Freiburg and, in the summer of 2013 a large-scale exhibition of his work will be mounted at the Kunsthal in Wilhelmshaven.