In samenwerking met Graphic Design Festival Breda organiseert SBK Galerie Breda een groepstentoonstelling van het Rotterdamse collectief ROTGANZEN en Berlijner Paul Paetzel. Allen geboren in begin jaren ’80, zetten zij de visuele indrukken uit hun jeugd om naar hedendaags multidisciplinair werk.
Paul Paetzel (D)
Born and raised Berliner Paul Paetzel (1984) observes humans. He searches for the mystic in everyday life and at the same time, he looks for normal situations in the unusual. “I love watching people on the subway”.
Within the drawing process, Paul explores settings where his humans can play a role: “The origins of my tales are mostly things which happened to me or which bother me. My fears, my wishes and my needs.”
The characters depicted, are supported by their environments. They form an extension of the décor which they find themselves in. Sometimes humans even transform into objects and vice versa.
The references to robots, television series and comics are clearly derived from personal childhood fascinations. The output of this all, can be in the form of drawings, silkscreens, linocuts and reprography. As a member of the comic collective Édition Biografiktion, which Paul founded with Ana Albero and Till Hafenbrak in 2008, he published several zines. ‘Biografiktion’ was the first of them: comic stories about celebrities adding fictional elements.
ROTGANZEN is a Rotterdam based artist collective formed by Robin Stam (1981), Joeri Horstink (1982) en Mark van Wijk (1984). They grew up and spent their youth in Spijkenisse, a suburb of Rotterdam. This is also the city where they met each other during adolescence. In Rotterdam they went to the Willem de Kooning Academy of Art. Through the years of their friendship they made plans for a collaboration in the future. In 2009 they formed ROTGANZEN.
Their work is loud and obnoxious, completely unwilling to take the viewer into account, but unrelentingly craving approval. They see the promise their old toys hold and force it out, creating work that is happy at a first glance, yet is hiding something dire underneath.