19.01. – 14.02.08
Karsten Konrad / Tim Trantenroth
Two person exhibition at Arndt & Partner, Berlin

Karsten Konrad / Tim Trantenroth Two person exhibition at Arndt & Partner, Berlin Karsten Konrad / Tim Trantenroth Two person exhibition at Arndt & Partner, Berlin

Arndt & Partner Berlin is pleased to announce a joint exhibition by Karsten Konrad and Tim Trantenroth in the Gallery 2nd Floor. The two Berlin artists collaborated for the first time for this show. The point of departure for this cooperation was the fact that both in Karsten Konrad's sculptural works and Tim Trantenroth's paintings, we can observe an intense engagement with the urban architectural structures of the city where they live and work.

Thus, Karsten Konrad started in the 1990s to create installations and objects out of materials found in the trash and subsequently modified into modules. With these, he took up thematically outstanding urban structures in Berlin, transforming them into idiosyncratic architectural models. In recent years, however, these model-like works have made way for increasingly abstract sculptures and relief works. Since the original point of departure for Konrad's work as an artist was the autonomous abstract sculpture, this may seem like a return to his beginnings. However, it should rather be understood as the consistent continuation and expansion of his sculptural transformations of architecture, which in terms of form he liberated from their strict character as models, calling them "explosions of architecture."

In contrast to Karsten Konrad, Tim Trantenroth uses paintings to develop his themes. In his works, we find an emphatic engagement with the construction principles of modern functional buildings. Thus in his paintings we often encounter adaptations of typified but versatile facade designs, as well as the side effects of this architecture like, for example, surveillance cameras or uncounted variations of concrete barriers. His paintings are very reduced and simplified both in their formal language and their colours, corresponding to the dull grey of contemporary architecture. Individual features of the painted buildings become only visible on close examination; sometimes Trantenroth makes reference to a certain building in his titles: Chancellery, Finance Ministry, or Danish Embassy in Berlin. But the titles do not just refer to the respective sites, but also to the specific meaning of architecture in its symbolic dimension.

Karsten Konrad, born in Würzburg in 1962, studied at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Royal College of Art, London. He lives and works in Berlin. International group exhibitions include "berlin_london_2001", ICA, London (2001), "Quobo", Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2001), the SIART Biennial, La Paz, Bolivia (2005), "Shift/Scale", Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (2006), "Neuer Konstruktivismus", Bielefelder Kunstverein, and Changing Spaces, Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg (both 2007). He recently presented solo exhibitions at loop - raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin (2006), and Arndt & Partner, Zurich (2007). Currently he is participating in the exhibitions Minsk, urban diary, Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk (until 13.1.2008), and "Quobo - Kunst in Berlin 1989-1999", Eesti Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn (until 17.2.2008).

Tim Trantenroth, born 1969 in the Fichtelgebirge, Germany, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Münster and the Art Academy Düsseldorf. He lives and works in Berlin. He presented solo exhibitions at the Kunstruimte Villa de Bank, Enschede (2005), and Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2002), among others. Group exhibitions he participated in include "Cada uno para sí y Dios contra todos", OMR Gallery, Mexico City (2007), "Classified", The Cartin Collection, Hartford, Connecticut (2006), Uwaga Berlin, Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Slupsk, Poland (2005) and open minded, dollhouse Orchard Street, New York (2004), which he co-curated. This is his first exhibition at Arndt & Partner Berlin, after we had introduced him to the Swiss public with his solo show in Zurich in 2006.