Exhibition

Pollux Capella

Pollux Capella

Today, the world of art tends to resemble a vast galaxy all of its own. Authoritative schools faded away long ago, leaving different styles to coexist and receive equal recognition. In addition, merging cultural characteristics in our globalised art world have created a new, unique range of diverse works.

While fixed stars, the overpowering big names that flood the art scene, prevail, new stars are born and light up the art world’s sky every day. However, some continue to shine, only for others to burn out just as quickly as they appeared. “Pollux Capella”, the first exhibition to be presented by ZOTT’S ARTSPACE Dolomites, aims to depict this diversity and pays particular attention to the permanence of the works displayed in terms of their autonomy and artistic power of expression. Pollux and Capella, the two stars lighting up the night sky in the winter hexagon from January to March when the exhibition is running, are named after characters in Greek mythology, the cradle of European culture. Pollux is the son of Zeus and Capella the goat that suckled Zeus as he grew up on Crete.

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The vision of this exhibition was to build a link between contemporary art in Asia, where the first ZOTT’S ARTSPACE gallery was opened in Singapore, and current trends in European art. The art forms on display range from abstract and representational paintings, sculptures and photographs to multimedia installations, video art and large found object artworks. The exhibiting artists, who come from Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain, Italy, England, Germany and the USA, transform the exhibition into a place where international contemporary art comes together.

By designing a state-of-the-art exhibition space that appeals to all the senses, we want to provide visitors with an unconventional way of accessing the modern art world. The productive tension between the works on display should stimulate exciting discussions between people who hold different cultural and artistic viewpoints, ensuring that the exhibition remains in visitors’ minds long after they have left.

The Artists

Greta Alfaro

Greta Alfaro, born 1977 in Pamplona, lives and works in London. Her video artworks use symbolic and iconographic references to classic motifs from the history of art to create profound metaphors for the depth of human emotions

Sara Casal

Sara Casal, born 1980 in der northern Italian city Stadt Belluno, “is a true researcher of sensory combinations” (Flodiana Sinanaj). Her range of artistic creations includes sculptures, drawings, prints, paintings as well as digital artworks. As a member of the Pensierinversi Poeti Erranti del Bellunese, Sara Casal also devotes some of her time to poetry.

Manfred Dörner

Manfred Dörner was born in Wiesbaden. His early works mostly consisted of steel sculptures. Nowadays he uses his own technique of compiling multiple image plates to create a single, larger rectangular painting. It is not the individual work in itself, as a fixed and static entity, that interests him, but rather the potential for transformations and possibilities that are inherent to pictorial structures. The conceptual heart of his work is to reach new artistic effects through combination.

Hans-Joachim Ellerbrock

Hans-Joachim Ellerbrock began his career working in the field of documentary photography for many years for publications such as Stern, Geo, National Geographic, Merian and the New York Times Magazine. In his work, he has succeeded building a bridge between pure street photography and free use of creative methods the medium offers and artistic image compositions. His work has earned him a number of awards over the years, among them the “Art Director’s Prize,” the “Kodak Photography Book Prize,” and a “World Press Award.”

Alberto Fanelli

Alberto Fanelli, born 1965 in Milan, founded an Internet start-up making use of his professional experience in the fields of artificial intelligence and computer aided design. In 2007 he turned his lifelong passion for photography into a profession. He applies 3D-technique to landscape photos, portraits, artistic nudes, still lifes and videos and turns them into remarkable stereograms.

Matteo Lo Greco

Matteo Lo Greco in 1949 in Sicily, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lisbon. A pupil of Portuguese sculptor Antonio Durante and of painter Hilário Teixeira Lopes, he became an Official Member of the National Society of Fines Arts of Portugal. He has participated in many international exhibitions and has been commissioned to create works for various public spaces, among them a monumental sculpture for the architect Shigeru Uchida in Tokyo as well as the Busto di Giovan Battista Gianquinto for the city of Venice. His works are displayed among others at “Galleria Lo Greco” in Venice.

Anne Herzbluth

Anne Herzbluth, born in Heiligenhafen on the Baltic Sea, graduated from the Muthesius University in Kiel with a Master’s Degree in Art and Design. Her works have been exhibited among others at Palazzo Mora during the Biennale in Venice and at the Art Fair in Cologne. On her conception of herself as an artist, she says “I am stimulated by things that carry a particular mood or story within themselves, that strongly trigger my impulses. Snapshots of our day-to-day life. I then develop ideas from them using connections I perceive and my intuition. For me, it’s all about insight, gaining a deeper understanding.”

Iyvone Khoo

Iyvone Khoo, born 1975 in Singapore lives and works in London. She uses lens-based media to capture glimpses of an experience. Through investigational play, she finds ways of perceiving the world, and then creates light sculptures, installation art and video artworks. As a current recipient of a MEAD Fellowship from the University of Arts London, she is collaborate with scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA, on a science and art project studying light-emitting organisms, such as bioluminescent algae.

Tobias Köbsch

Tobias Köbsch, born 1977 in Dresden, has developed his own figurative style, known as visionary realism. Through the aspects of his work that are critical of civilization, he can be classified as belonging to the tradition of critical realism. He also enjoys widespread recognition as an object artist. Tobias Köbsch has been awarded many prizes for his work, among them the Merkel Collection Sponsorship Award (2011).

Hubert Kostner

Hubert Kostner, born in Brixen in South Tyrol in 1971, studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) in Munich. The Alpine landscape surrounding his home forms the focal point of his artistic creations, as does the question of spatial perception and authenticity in idyllic natural surroundings that have been idealised and overrun by tourists. He has won numerous awards, including the Premio Agenore Fabbri and the Richard Agreiter Sculpture Prize. Following long periods in Madrid and Beijing, he now lives and works in Kastelruth, South Tyrol.

Beth Moon

The American artist Beth Moon, born 1956 in Wisconsin, has spent more than 15 years searching for and photographing some of the largest, rarest and oldest trees in the world. With her distinctive, unmistakable visual language, she has become one of the leading nature photographers of our time. Her work is held in various public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and has been published in major photography magazines. Beth Moon has received numerous prizes, among them the Golden Light Award from the Maine Photographic Workshops.

Beth Moon
Mee Ai Om

Mee Ai Om, born in Korea, studied painting in Singapore and Melbourne. Her works have been honored with among others the UOB Painting of the Year Award. The artist says of her abstract paintings, which are composed of multiple grids and translucent layers of colors: “Art is a reflection of an internal reality and should intrigue. Artwork becomes meaningful only when one encounters emotional contact with it.”

Max Schmelcher

Max Schmelcher, born 1956 in Lindenberg, Germany, studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) in Munich, predominantly creates his sculptures bronze, metal, wood and peat. He is also renowned for his photographic work. Works by the award-winning artist are on display in exhibitions and public places in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Konstantin Sotnikov

Konstantin Sotnikov, born in the Russian town of Kirowo-Tschepezk in 1979, studied at the Tambov Academy of Arts. In 2010, he completed his training with a further qualification from the Hochschule für bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts) in Hamburg. His paintings have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Italy, Singapore and the USA, and can be found in several private collections. “Even as a child, he was fascinated by the mythical creatures of Hieronymus Bosch and the icons of Andrei Rublev. Drawing on multifaceted influences from a variety of cultures and styles of art, Konstantin Sotnikov has developed a completely original world of artistic subjects using bright plays on colour and a transcultural, trans-temporal expressivity. In his surreal, dreamlike compositions, which he also translates into sculptural works, “he creates, with magical virtuosity, a bridge between the enigmatic painting style of the Middle Ages and the shallowness of our current media-dominated reality.” (Belinda Grace Gardner)

Konstantin Sotnikov