Markus Karstieß | Bruce Haines Mayfair

18 November – 18 December 2015

33 Saint George Street
London W1S 2FL

For its second exhibition, Bruce Haines Mayfair is delighted to present a collection of recent works by the acclaimed German sculptor MarkusKarstieß.


The show is comprised of three parts: his signature Memento Mori platinum and gold-glazed ‘vases’ from The Doe Family series, each of which holds a dedicated flower that slowly perishes during the course of the exhibition; ceramic casts of 4,000-year-old ‘cupandring’ marks, a form of prehistoric art which he discovered while living in Northumberland and entitled the Stoner series, and Studio Peel Off III, an intricate, large-scale wall relief which the artist cast directly from his studio floor, its elaborate beauty belying its humble origins.

Says gallery director, Bruce Haines: ‘A master of the vagaries and skills of working with clay, Karstieß freely acknowledges his antecedents, Rosemarie Trockel and Lucio Fontana, in his expressive, often Rorschach Ebased sculptures. Eschewing recentironic takes on ceramics in20th century art, far from being hide bound by his extraordinary knowledge of the material, he pushes the mechanics of clay to its limits while keeping the forms of his work remarkably simple and poignant.’

Markus Karstieß b.1971, works Düsseldorf is currently exhibiting at Museum Glaskasten, Marl, Germany, which includes a performance with his long-term collaborator Christian Jendreiko. He is showing a set of Robert Smithson ‘scholar’s rocks’ in combination with Chinese ‘scholars rocks’ from the Museum’s own collection. Next year he has a solo exhibition at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany where he exhibited with Trockel, Fontanta and Schutte last year. This summer he showed a group of ceramic ‘Fetish’ sculptures in Terrapolis / Whitechapel & Neon Foundation at the French School, Athens curated by Iwona Blazwick . In the UK he exhibited a solo installation of ceramics, soil and sound at MIMA, Middlesbrough and at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle showed giant ceramic ‘corners’ and multiple ceramic ‘boxes’ filled with molten glass both in 2014. He created a room installation at Haus Lange/ Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen Krefeld 2014 and a solo exhibition of ceramics and sound at Krefelder Kunstverein, Germany 2012 and showed in ‘Corridor Plateau IIII’ at Eastside Projects, Birmingham 2011. His ‘Sculpture Garden’ was at K21, Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf 2010-11. Karstieß frequently collaborates with artists and musicians to incorporate sound in his installations, including Michael Bauer and Dietrich Detlef Weinrich.

More information: www.brucehaines.com

Markus Karstiess, Lucio Doe, 2007 - Glazed ceramic, orange Ranunculus H 41 cm
Markus Karstiess, Lucio Doe, 2007 – Glazed ceramic, orange Ranunculus H 41 cm
Markus Karstiess, Aleister Doe, 2009 - Glazed ceramic, echinacea H 45.5 cm
Markus Karstiess, Aleister Doe, 2009 – Glazed ceramic, echinacea H 45.5 cm
Markus Karstiess, An Doe, 2008 - Glazed ceramic, platinum glaze, white curcuma H 41 cm
Markus Karstiess, An Doe, 2008 – Glazed ceramic, platinum glaze, white curcuma H 41 cm
Markus Karstiess, Stoner (dunk III), 2013 - Lustre glazed ceramic 52.5 x 35 x 7 cm
Markus Karstiess, Stoner (dunk III), 2013 – Lustre glazed ceramic 52.5 x 35 x 7 cm
Markus Karstiess, Stoner (doom II), 2013 - Lustre glazed ceramic 48 x 32 x 5 cm
Markus Karstiess, Stoner (doom II), 2013 – Lustre glazed ceramic 48 x 32 x 5 cm
Markus Karstiess, Stoner (dunk II), 2013 - Lustre glazed ceramic ca. 52.5 x 35 x 7 cm
Markus Karstiess, Stoner (dunk II), 2013 – Lustre glazed ceramic ca. 52.5 x 35 x 7 cm
Markus Karstiess, Studio Peel Off, 2013 - (Second Corner, Room 3.04, Fine Art Department, Newcastle University) Glazed ceramic, wood, Indian ink 101 x 149.5 x 4.5 cm
Markus Karstiess, Studio Peel Off, 2013 – (Second Corner, Room 3.04, Fine Art Department, Newcastle University) Glazed ceramic, wood, Indian ink
101 x 149.5 x 4.5 cm

All images are © Markus Karstieß/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015. Courtesy the artist and Bruce Haines Mayfair

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