Super Model Nein
May 26 - July 29, 2018

Ruslan Daskalov, Sonja Engelhardt, Melissa Hopson, Jule Korneffel, Leon Manoloudakis, Anna Mirbach, Charlotte Mumm, Lukas Schmenger, Vlad Smolkin 


Press Release

Super Model Nein is a group exhibition curated by Melissa Hopson featuring nine contemporary artists from Europe and the United States working in a range of media.

Within the plastic arts, a miniature typically functions as design rather than a work of art. In his essay published in 1908, Abstraction and Empathy, Wilhelm Worringer suggests that the miniature, stylistically, is not limited to size constraints or simulation. This exhibition, in lieu of this suggestion, presents the significance of handcraft expression within the artist’s inner-thoughts. The miniature at its essence is monumental, establishing a dialog between art and design.   

Ruslan Daskalov (b.1979 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria) digitally renders the female figure in surrealistic scene scapes. His style recalls 1970’s interiors and art historical variations. Sonja Engelhardt (b.1975 Mönchengladbach, Germany) uses high gloss laminate collage in an ongoing series of works displayed in direct sunlight, which gently rupture and illuminate a crystalline architecture. Melissa Hopson (b.1981 Muskogee, Oklahoma) Meet Me on the Patio 2018 is a cloned amorphous aluminum cast object based on a previous work. Jule Korneffel (b. Celle, Germany) conceals and reveals vibrant color layers with free-flowing simplicity. Leon Manoloudakis’s (b.1979 Berlin, Germany) process comes from sculpture. His graphite drawings depict a depth and absence of space  through the omission of horizon. Anna Mirbach’s (b.1981 Bonn, Germany) SUV 2018 is mounted on a multimedia display, of which textures and automaticity of form achieve tactfulness of handcraft. Charlotte Mumm (b.1980 Georgsmarienhütte, Germany) Biased Pause 2018 series, completed at an artist residency in Bratislava, sketches the whereabouts of the conceptual pattern. Each piece is inspired from artists’ narratives and their reflections on regularity. Lukas Schmengar (b.1981 Filderstadt, Germany) cast relief is something of an antiquated gold coin, spotlighting a side view portrait. Both Schmenger’s relief and anatomical etchings are ornamental. Vlad Smolkin’s (b. 1984 Kiev, Ukraine) found-object diorama Night Light 2016 explores Jewish culture and history. Night Light confronts the viewer with a “magical and realist” depiction of a body in space.

Super Model Nein equates each work with a complete thought that reframes itself in a forceful constellation of artists.

Ruslan Daskalov was born in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He currently lives and works in Cologne, Germany. Ruslan is a painter who works in digital media. Ruslan studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Thomas Grünfeld and at Freie Universität Chernorisets Hrabar with Vladimir Ivanov in Varna, Bulgaria. Exhibitions include: Institut für Bienenzucht London, England, Galerie Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne, Germany, Hidde van Seggelen, London, England, Museum Insel Hombroich, Germany, Benzulli, Düsseldorf, Germany, and KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Sonja Engelhardt was born Mönchengladbach, Germany. She currently lives and work in Berlin. Engelhardt is a conceptual artist working in mixed media installations. She studied at New York University Steinhardt School, the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Exhibitions include: Bruch & Dallas, Cologne, Germany, The Camera Club of New York, New York City, CNTRM, Berlin, Germany, DESAGA, Cologne, Germany, Kunsthaus Vienna, Austria, British Film Institute London, England,

Melissa Hopson was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She currently lives and works in Indianapolis, Indiana. She works in sculpture and mixed media. Hopson studied sculpture at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Exhibitions include: Post, Düsseldorf, Germany, 83 Pitt Street, New York, New York,  Embajada, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Unisex Salon, Brooklyn, New York, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, AUTOcenter Berlin, Germany, and OPEKTA Cologne, Germany.

Jule Korneffel was born in Celle, Germany. She lives and works in New York. Korneffel earned her MFA at Hunter College. She received a diploma in Fine Arts in 2008 from the Art Academy of Düsseldorf where she studied as a Masterstudent with Tal R. Her work has been shown in several art spaces and galleries, including Maldonado Projects New York, Herkules Art Program, New York, Matjö BBK/ Cologne/ Germany, Lesley Heller Gallery Workspace, New York, Art Historian Institute Bonn/ Germany, Autocenter Berlin, and Helper Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

Leon Manoloudakis was born in Berlin, Germany. He currently lives and works in Berlin. Manoloudakis works in graphite drawing and installation. He studied at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf, Universität der Künste Berlin with Tony Cragg, and at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Exhibitions include: 2018 „Missing Links“, Daily Lazy Athens, frontviews, Berlin, Germany, Raum für Kunst, Berlin, Germany, Kaskl, Berlin, Germany, LAGE EGAL, Berlin, Germany, Kunstverein Recklinghausen, Germany, Projektspace, Berlin, Galerie Holzhauer, Hamburg, Germany, Black Chamber, and Düsseldorf, Germany.

Anna Mirbach was born in Bonn, Germany. She currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. She works with sculpture and installation. Mirbach studied Art Academy of Düsseldorf with Prof. Thomas Grünfeld and at Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany. Exhibitions include: Künstlerverein Malkasten, Hidde van Seggelen, London, England, Museum Insel Hombroich, Germany, Düsseldorf, Germany, RAUM in Oberkassel, Düsseldorf, Germany, IsdaT, Toulouse, France, Ringstube Mainz, Germany, Düsseldorf, Germany, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany, and Kunstmuseum Solingen, Germany.

Charlotte Mumm was born in Georgsmarienhütte, Germany. She currently works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Germany. She works in sculpture and installation. Mumm studied at Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany with Prof. Urs Lüthi, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China, and Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany. Exhibtions include: Phoinix, Bratislava, Slovakia, Artothek Munich, Germany, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany, Stellwerk, Kassel, Germany, Kunstverein Trier, Germany, Gagarin, Düsseldorf, Germany, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany, Kunstverein Bellevue-Saal, Wiesbaden, Germany, Kunstverein Die Wassermühle Lohne, Germany, and Galerie Tanit, Munich.

Lukas Schmenger was born in Filderstadt, Germany. He lives and works in Cologne, Germany. Schmenger is a painter who works in mixed-media. Schmenger studied at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf with Prof. Thomas Grünfeld. Exhibitions include: Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne, Germany, VAN HORN, Düsseldorf, Germany, Städtische Galerie, Viersen, Germany, Daniel-Henry-Kahnweiler-Haus, Rockenhausen, Germany, Ringstube, Mainz, Germany, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany, Artist Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel, and CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain.

Vlad Smolkin was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He lives and works in Queens, New York. Smolkin is a painter who works with found objects. Smolkin studied at the Virginia Commonwealth University and Boston University, Massachusetts. Exhibitions include: Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester, Connecticut, Step Sister, New York, New York, Brennan & Griffin Gallery, New York, New York, Carter & Citizen, Los Angeles, California, Fountain, Brooklyn, New York, White Box Gallery, New York City, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, FAB Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, and Lobot Gallery, Oakland, California. Smolkin currently runs Columbus Property Management in New York, New York.


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