Exhibitions

Gunther Uecker - Black Rain

27.01.2011 - 12.03.2011
Gunther Uecker - Black Rain
The inaugural exhibition shows works from the Black Rain series by Günther Uecker. The earliest work in this series was first executed in 1999 and, along with later works, explores themes which Uecker connects to the very core of human existence: nature and religion.

In the Black Rain series, the nature element is first expressed through Uecker’s technique of sprinkling black ink on white canvas, thereby evoking an impression of rain drops on soil. References to the fertility of the earth and our dependence upon nature’s boundless gifts to mankind are evident. Man’s response and acceptance of nature’s offerings is Uecker’s hard, blood-sweat-and-tears-filled labour which he exercises day after day to maintain his existence. This, too, is embedded in Uecker’s layers of meaning.

Religion, omni-present and deeply anchored in human history, is a major theme in Uecker’s oeuvre.

The figure of Joshua is the central pivot in, Joshua – In Commemoration of this moment (1999). Uecker not only narrates Joshua’s story but also draws attention to Joshua’s presence in the text of both the Bible as well as the Koran.

Schemot and Sura (both 2008) are inspired by Jewish, Arab and Christian beliefs which are found in the Old Testament, as they cry out against maltreatment and search for peace.
Uecker’s ultimate message, which comes to us through centuries of co-existence of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in cities around the world, is the basic 'same-ness' of all of us, profoundly human as we are, acting upon our deepest instinct to protect those we care for.

Gunther Uecker - Black Rain
Gunther Uecker - Black Rain
Gunther Uecker - Black Rain
Gunther Uecker - Black Rain
Gunther Uecker - Black Rain