Gabriele Basch / Clay Ketter

23 November, 2019 - 13 January, 2020


Galleri Thomassen is proud to present two new exhibitions; Clay Ketter Companion Studies and Gabriele Basch Inaccessible Islands.

Clay Ketter’s work is characterized by an uncompromising clarity, be it painting, printmaking, sculpture or photography. It is often architecturally based, as are the works in Companion Studies, his first solo show at Galleri Thomassen. Ketter presents nine works from an on-going suite of prints, produced with Atelier Larsen, Helsingborg, where he merges imagery of iconic buildings and structures drawn from art and architecture textbooks with imprints of tools used for manual drafting such as transparent templates and stencils, creating a distinct visual story. The sculptural work Templates in Waiting is also exhibited, complementing the print series with its monumental colored plexiglas templates.

The circumstances of grids and coordinates in Gabriele Basch’s new works come from a spontaneous painting process, combined with cutting into the work. This follows a planned order, then and again responds to intuition. In an ongoing quest to reach a new place, previously unknown, this effort is metaphorically and physically depicted, mapping the cuts and movements, at the core of Basch´s artistic process.

Gabriele Basch´s exhibition draws its name from the volcano isle in the South Atlantic Ocean discovered in 1656 by a Dutch ship and its crew. The island was referred to as inaccessible, due to insurmountable steep cliffs. The sailors were able to land the narrow shores, but the interior of the island would remain inaccessible to them. Inaccessible Islands is Gabriele Basch´s fifth solo exhibition at Galleri Thomassen.

Clay Ketter (b. 1961 in Brunswick, Maine, US) lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. Selected recent solo exhibitions: …out of my hands, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm (2019), Like This, Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö (2019), Registration, Bartha Contemporary, London, Clay Ketter : Abstraction 2005 – 2018, Galleri Thomas Wallner (2018), Do You See What I Mean?, Galleri Kant, Copenhagen (2017), Recalcitration, Kansas, New York (2016), More Photography, Sonnabend Gallery, New York (2014).

He has participated in numerous curated group shows. In 2009, he had a major solo show at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He is represented in both private and public collections such as Moderna Museet, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Louisiana, Denmark, Prada Foundation, Milan, Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Saatchi Collection, London, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo… to name a few.

Gabriele Basch (b. 1964 in Bad Homburg v.d.H., Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Hamburg. She has been teaching as a professor for painting at the HAW Hamburg since 2012.

Her works have been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including at the Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius, LT), Herzliya Museum of Art (IL), Kunsthalle Emden, Museum Bellerive (Haus des Museums für Gestaltung Zürich, CH), Städtische Museen Heilbronn, MARTa Herford, Hamburger Kunsthalle (Galerie der Gegenwart), Museum of Modern Art Carinthia (Klagenfurt, AT), Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, Osthaus Museum (Hagen), Kunstverein Pforzheim, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Museum August Macke Haus (Bonn), Kunstmuseum Rättvik (SE), Kunstverein Münsterland (Coesfeld).

Her work is represented in both private and public collections, such as the collection of Altana AG, Columbus Art Foundation (Ravensburg), Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, SMPK Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Berlinische Galerie (Landesmuseum Berlin), Munich RE Art Collection, , Vattenfall Art Collection, Sammlung RBK (Stuttgart), Statens Konstråd and the collection of the City of Gothenburg.