ter Hell

Galerie Pels-Leusden; Galerie Fahnemann

Ten years of work by the 32-year-old Berlin painter ter Hell was presented in this double exhibition of 99 works at the Galerie Pels-Leusden and four large paintings at Galerie Fahnemann. The effect was like an explosion, with the energy that manifests itself in this artist’s work made visible all at once. ter Hell has always played a kind of “outsider” role in Berlin, preferring to carve out a territory of his own rather than participate in any of the established art trends. His work, which stems from gestural abstraction, searches for the boundary between chaos and order. It is based on the overabundance of visual information that is such a dominant characteristic of our time, and in several paintings the idea of overload is carried nearly to the point of collapse. These hectic, nervous psychograms move into a state of delirium; they are formed around the possibility of shapelessness.

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