20 May to 8 July
CCA is proud to present a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Philipp Kremer – his first major exhibition in Ireland / UK. Basic Communities / Soft People features two recent series of paintings that depict groups of human figures, alternating between convivial scenes of reading and dancing (Basic Communities) and scenes that suggest people in a more violent and eruptive state of relationship (Soft People).
The idealism described in Kremer’s Basic Communities series is matched with a dense, compositional airlessness, painted with colours that offset the tonalities of skin, clothing and background environment. The works in the Soft People series are more capacious in their approach, registering the horror of their subject matter through light and gestural marks that suggest the human body in a cruel state of subjection. Across the two series, Kremer’s works evoke questions of representational ethics, both in art’s address of human suffering and in the promise of social togetherness.