Winners of the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2014

Winners of the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2014

KIM at Leuphana University

February 18, 2014

The project KIM within Leuphana University of Lüneburg and its 2014 exhibition host Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, both Germany, are pleased to announce that this year’s jury has decided to award the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2014 to Dirk Meinzer and, in the category of Young Artists, to Monika Jarecka.

Three further special mentions go to the artists Dirk Behrens, HAWOLI, and Maria Mathieu.

The jury appointed for this year’s thematic focus “Art and Passion” was headed by Marie-Luise Angerer (Academy of Media Arts Cologne); further members were Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth (Freymond-Guth Ltd. Fine Arts, Zurich, CH), Lars Friedrich (Lars Friedrich, Berlin), Stefanie Kleefeld (co-director Halle für Kunst Lüneburg) as well as Cornelia Kastelan (curator of KIM) and Christoph Behnke (director of KIM). 

The artists were honoured on January 30 with a laudatory speech held by the art critic, art historian, and artist Stefan Römer (Berlin University of the Arts). 

The Daniel Frese Prize 2014 is granted to Dirk Meinzer for his submitted draft “Eros and the Bees.” From the jury’s decision: “Dirk Meinzer is mainly concerned with the intensity of artistic work when he seeks to make the innumerable dead bees, brought to him by a beekeeper, dance. To this end, he created a sort of tableau vivant on which the bees’ wings unfold their luminosity like blossoms.” With wings taken from dead bees, Meinzer evokes not only “nature” and the fascination by its beauty, but also abjective aversion and disgust. 

Dirk Meinzer, born in 1972, received his diploma at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg under Claus Böhmler. His works have been on view at, a.o., the Kunstmuseum Stade, the message salon in the Perla-Mode, Zurich (CH); Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL) as well as Kunsthalle Göppingen and Kunstverein St. Pauli, Hamburg.

On Monika Jarecka‘s draft titled “Setting,” the jury wrote: “Monika Jarecka grasps passion as the ‘passion of artistic work,’ which she will put up for debate in a performance. Walls will be painted by her, erased, painted again, erased again, painted again, to thus visualise the oftentimes Sisyphus-like energy of artistic work.” The act of erasing does not lead to a void, but leaves traces and layers behind that evolve into a space of colour, like a palimpsest. Passion manifests itself in this self-imposed ritual in a kind of “meditative expressionism.”

Monika Jarecka, born in 1975, received her diploma as a master student of Katharina Grosse at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. She studied under Michael Krebber and Tobias Rehberger at the Städelschule in Frankfurt as well as at the Chelsea College of Art and Design London. Her works have been on view at, a.o., the Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin; Kunsthalle Brennabor, Brandenburg; the Saarländische Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken; and Galerie Steinle Contemporary, Munich.

The jury awards Dirk Behrens for his open group of works with the telling title “Untitled.” Dirk Behrens confronts the big term “passion” contrapuntally with small-format, postcard-size paintings showing simple motifs. The jury states that Behrens “explores the small pictorial space opening up the view to what is intimate and inconspicuous.” Behrens’ paintings depict everyday scenes, in part also exhibition situations, that remain faceless and vague due to the artist’s abstracting style of painting. 

Dirk Behrens studied fine art at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig. His works have been shown at, a.o., Kunstverein Rotenburg (Wümme); Schloss Agathenburg near Stade; Espace d’Art Contemporain International, Lorrez-le-Bocage, (F); Galerie am Modersohn-Haus, Worpswede; and Kunstverein Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart.

In his draft “Reminiscence,” HAWOLI proposes taking up and updating his photo series “Gesa” from 1978, in which the artist approaches his model in nine steps. While this coming closer establishes intimacy, an altered process sets in when he is as near as possible: the face of “Gesa” dissolves and is multiplied. In his draft, the jury sees “closeness and distance as alternating movements” and recognises HAWOLI’s experimental play with documentation, reminiscences and retroactively changing constellations of longing.

HAWOLI, born in 1935, studied at the Folkwangschule Essen. In 1990 he stayed at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. His works have been on display, a.o., at the Museum Schloss Fellenberg Merzig; the Städtische Galerie, Bremen; Galerie Maywald, Paris; Galerie Falazik, Bochum; and Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen.

Maria Mathieu submitted a draft with the title “How long is a Way No 3.” She documented an 860-km hike from Marseille to Lourdes with hand-drawn pigment lines showing the result of a predefined, multistage principle. The jury formulated: “Each kilometre, each hour, each day thus becomes an intensive, passionate line.” The functionality of information systems is subverted in this “aesthetics of administration” (Buchloh), when obsessions, bodies and matter are anchored in the reality of the grid.

Maria Mathieu, born in 1948 in Saarlouis (then France), studied at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen under Rolf Thiele, Katharina Hinsberg, and Jeanne Faust as well as at the École des Beaux Arts in Toulouse, (F). Her works have been on view at, a.o., GAP near Bolzano, (I); Galerie Klaus Braun, Stuttgart; the GAK Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; and Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin.

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The Daniel Frese Prize is an initiative of KIM, Innovation Incubator at Leuphana University of Lueneburg. The Innovation Incubator is an EU major project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by the Federal State of Lower Saxony.


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