Deborah Schamoni

Mauerkircherstr. 186

D-81925 München

Wednesday – Friday 12 – 6 pm

Saturday 12 – 4 pm and by appointment

Elizabeth RavnLedgers & Dwellers

Bungalow, Berlin, DE

17.09. – 29.10.2022

  • Frank and sympathetic, at times voyeuristic, the works of Elizabeth Ravn portray the lives of strangers and loved ones, plants, animals, interior dwellings and urban topographies. For the exhibition Ledgers & Dwellers, the artist focuses on the continuously morphing terrain of Berlin and its inhabitants. Exuding movement and vigor, Ravn’s compositions appear to be in a state of constant mutability – temporal scenes marked by seasons, time of day and familiar architecture. Like Edward Hopper’s ambiguously evocative quotidian landscapes, these paintings invite the projection of our own subjective narratives by virtue of their relatable un-remarkableness. Yet they are sometimes tricks on depth and perspective, requiring a closer look in order to comprehend the reality of the situations at hand.

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    In the exhibition, construction sites and scaffolding serve as studies of division and compartmentalization, in contrast to the more organic forms and gestural touches Ravn uses to paint figures and landscapes. Exteriors are coated in shells of new structures; insides are scraped out and littered surrounding the site. House Plant, 2022 observes a neglected bush outside the artist’s apartment building. The shrub grows wild in relation to the metal bars and red plank surrounding it, exposing the permeability of façades in Ravn’s settings. In Blue Hour, 2022, a group gathers outside of a corner shop, colloquially known as a späti, in Berlin’s Neukölln neighbourhood. Angled downwards towards the group, who are seated around a coffee table on benches fashioned from beer crates, the work’s perspective is framed like a living room scene, suggesting a closed space despite being outdoors.

    For Bungalow, Ravn constructs a wall dividing the exhibition space into smaller intimate rooms. The wall is truncated, offering fragmented glimpses of paintings and the detached heads of neighboring visitors– an arrangement that reflects upon the close ties between space and self. Echoing this scenario is one of the works in the show, Stationary, 2022, a self portrait set in a bathroom on the Intercity Express train. The artist peers into a mirror where three sticker decals of vases are lined up along its edge. The flattening of spatial planes in the painting creates the illusion of objects on a table, almost like an improvised still life. This inquisitive gaze of looking at oneself, while also out towards the viewer, encourages us in turn to take advantage of this altered privacy and peek over to the other side.

    Text: Bungalow, Berlin
    Photos: Marlene Zoë Burz and Andrea Rossetti

Elizabeth Ravn
Studio Morning with Manuel and Daniella, 2022
Oil on canvas
100 ⁠× ⁠90 ⁠⁠cm

Elizabeth Ravn
Sky Over Berlin, 2022
Oil on canvas
80 ⁠× ⁠100 ⁠⁠cm

Elizabeth Ravn
Stationary, 2022
Oil on canvas
60 ⁠× ⁠80 ⁠⁠cm