Flavio Apel is of German-Italian descent and grew up until the age of seven in a villa in a picturesque town not far from Rome. The pencil drawings on paper initially make the viewer doubt his own perception, for they are hardly recognisable as drawings. Photographically precise, hyper-realistic and thus almost surreal, they appear in the first impression. Delicate lines, sometimes almost invisible, that resemble a hair more than a drawing. Hours, days and sometimes weeks pass until the gossamer lines become recognisable shapes. Pencil, paper, time, patience, doubt and loneliness.
With the exhibition PENCIL FOR TWO, the Meno Parkas Gallery presents the graphic work of the Berlin artist Michael Stalherm. It provides an insight into the versatile use of his pencil technique in recent years.
With meticulously fine strokes and exclusively through the use of pencil, Stalherm pursues drawing.The process of creation with needle-sharp pencil is combined with the application of graphite dust. This has resulted in a series of high-performance drawings and a special preference for cotton wool and cotton buds (Q-tips).
The distinctive feature of his sheets is not only the perfection of his craftsmanship, which he masters with a joy for detail, but beyond that the recognisable desire to push the medium of drawing to its limits. Stalherm tells stories in pictures that stimulate their viewers through hyper-realistic collages of motifs.
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