Martin Pfeifle and Jan van der Ploeg not only connect through intensive encounter with the exhibition space but commonly play with the vocabulary of concrete and constructive art and their luscious use of colour.
OVLOV also primarily exposes the space in which the exhibition is set, with consideration to the architectural form of the gallery house. While Martin Pfeifle creates a sculpture that extends across the entire upper floor, Jan van der Ploeg responds to the architecture with an installation of two wall paintings. The dialogue between the artists develops within the exhibition „Jan van der Ploeg: A wall painting installation“ and an intervention from Martin Pfeifle at gkg/Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung in Bonn. (Opening January 28, 2018, 11am)
Beyond that, at the staircase is a presentation of his project LAN that Martin Pfeifle developed in China, invited by Longli International Art Season, curated by Aimo Yang and Gregor Jansen, in Longli / Guizhou, China. Derived from drawings made on site, he realized a series of 31 ultramarine blue works made from acrylic glass. The first set has been installed permanently at 31 public and private spaces in China. The second set will be shown at the exhibition OVLOV. In addition photographic works by Martin Pfeifle are shown for the very first time. They were created as part of LAN project.
On the occasion of the show editions by Martin Pfeifle and Jan van der Ploeg have been published.
Martin Pfeifle, 1975 born in Stuttgart, studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. As master scholar of Hubert Kiecol, he graduated in 2004 and received since then numerous prizes and scholarships, including 2010 the Villa Romana scholarship. His projects and works have since been presented at international institutions, e.g. at: Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Vasarely Museum Budapest, Kunstmuseum Celle, Leopold Hösch Museum, Düren, Kunsthalle Nürnberg and art Meran / Merano Arte, Meran. Besides that, he consistently develops projects in public space.
Jan van der Ploeg, born in the Netherlands in 1959, studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and Croydon College of Art in London from 1982 to 1985. He has received multiple awards, including the Royal Award for Modern Painting. His works have been presented in numerous international Solo shows, e.g. at: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin (New Zealand), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. In addition to his work as an artist, he is an active curator.