PETER KLARE - COLLAGES JENS LIEBCHEN - L.A. CROSSING - 3D virtual exhibition by Galerie Springer Berlin


mar, 05/24/2022 to sam, 08/27/2022

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Every picture inevitably asks - apart from everything visible - about the author's position. After all, at the moment of
viewing the picture, you find yourself in exactly this spot.
In our double exhibition with Peter Klare and Jens Liebchen, both artists are fundamentally concerned with their own
standpoint in relation to the photographic motif. While Jens Liebchen's pictures are created as »drive-by-photography«
on a year-long drive through Los Angeles, Peter Klare pushes himself with his collages directly in front of the camera
lens into pictures from a distant past.
We cordially invite you to the opening of »L.A. Crossings« and »Collages« on 21 May 2021, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Hard-edged lines, overlapping images, positive and negative forms and the unexpected complementation. The
monochrome color field on the found footage creates new pictorial spaces. Barriers are piled up and overcome at the
same time. While the colored forms make the existing images partially unrecognizable, curiosity is aroused in the
In his new collages Peter Klare inserts works from the »Shapes« series into landscape photographs taken from private
family albums. In this way the compositions become mental places of longing for the artist and - in tracing his own
identity - as well describe the origin. Like on a chessboard opposing assertions collide, press against and complement
each other. Together they form the new image.
Peter Klare was born in Jena, Germany, in 1969. He studied painting in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Academy of Fine
Arts in Munich and at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2020 the artist was awarded the prestigious
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. His work receives international recognition and has been shown at the Sprengel
Museum in Hanover, at Deitch Projects in New York, and at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles among
others. Peter Klare lives and works in Berlin. To accompany the exhibition the artist's book COLLAGEs will be published
in a limited edition of 200 copies.
In his series »L.A. Crossing«, which has been in the making since 2010, Jens Liebchen shows us the capital of
unconditional automotive mobility like most of its inhabitants prefer to look at it: through the windows of their cars.
Out of the moving car, Liebchen looks at a city that embodies the opposites of utopia and dystopia. »L.A. Crossing«
itself sounds like the title of a movie, accordingly the street becomes a stage and photography becomes a kind of still
image. Bathed in Californian light, the city appears fictitious and real at the same time. Stephen Shore’s image»La
Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard« serves as a theoretical starting point for Liebchen’s work. Beginning with the »La
Brea Matrix Project«, which was centered around said photo, Liebchen has reversed the common view and now looks
back from the street to the city. Neither does he stop, like Lee Friedlander in »America by Car«, nor does he follow a
strict gird like Ed Ruscha in »Every Building on the Sunset Strip«. Liebchen drives and drives. From the privileged and
air-conditioned perspective of the driver’s seat, light and dark sides of the metropolis are revealed.
Jens Liebchen (*1970) has worked as a freelance photographer since studying ethnology. His work has been exhibited
worldwide and can be found in the collection of the DZ BANK Kunstsammlung in Frankfurt a. M., the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the art collection of the German Bundestag, among others. Liebchen lives and
works in Berlin.
Liebchen's series »L.A. CROSSING« will also be presented in a large group of works in the exhibition »Hollywood« at
the Helmut Newton Foundation from 6 June. On the occasion of the two exhibitions, the book of the same name

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