September –
October 2016

Inspired by the 950th
anniversary of the
Battle of Hastings

A New Language

Christopher Winter et al
A New Language

Curated by Christopher Winter British Artist/Curator an international group of artists explore the language shift and cultural changes instigated by the invasion of 1066. The exhibition investigates themes of acceptance, alienation and displacement in foreign culture; themes that are very relevant today.

Artists working in different disciplines (video, painting, photography, performance and light) respond to the theme by reinterpreting history through a contemporary perspective. Thorsten Brinkmann, a self-described “serial collector” uses found objects to create photographic pieces that often playfully reference art history and heroic portraiture. Römer + Römer depict in their painting a performance troop with fantasy uniforms and weapons, who rush towards the viewer and Nicolas Provost creates a thought provoking video work of black African refugees washed-up on a European beach.

The Normans brought with them an alien culture and language. Of course learning a new language can cause a lot of confusion and misunderstandings .The stories become encrypted, communication unclear and the meaning stays in limbo. This leaves a lot of freedom for the listener or speaker to complete the story. Robert Montgomery’s neon disconnected phrases haunt the viewer with their poetry. Christopher Winter explores the language of art in works that address the nature of reality through abstraction and realism, demonstrating painting’s ability to remain relevant in our virtual world.

Christopher Winter grew up in Hastings and lives and works in Berlin. This exhibition will be a positive foreign influence – “an artistic invasion“!

Exhibiting Artists:

assume vivid astro focus, BORIS + NATASCHA, Thorsten Brinkmann, Marcel Buehler, Matthew Burrows, Edward Clive, Boris Eldagsen, Amir Fattal, Azin Feizabadi, GODsDOGs, Tom Hammick, Constantin Hartenstein, Michelle Jezierski, Almagul Menlibayeva, Robert Montgomery, Nicolas Provost, Römer+Römer, Pietro Sanguineti, Pola Sieverding, Despina Stokou, Peter Wilde, Christopher Winter


Amir Fattal 
"Atara” Trailer for video projection with sound, 2016:

The word Atara in Hebrew means crown, which is used in a famous Talmud expression meaning “restore to it’s former glory“. The video is dealing with a process that is taking place ‚out of time‘ or ‚out of space’ and explores the concept of resurrection in the context of German history. Filmed in the new Berliner Stadtschloss, it  asks the question: what does it mean to build a Baroque style palace in the year 2015 in a state with no monarchy?
Courtesy of Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery, Berlin. 

Image credits, from top and clockwise:

Thorsten Brinkmann, Karl Schrank von Gaul, 2008, C-Print © 2016 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 170 x 120 cm, Courtesy of Feldbuschwiesner Gallery, Berlin

Römer+Römer. "SECURITY", 230 x 300 cm, oil on canvas, 2015.
Courtesy of Michael Schultz Gallery. 

Nicolas Provost. "The Invader and the Origin of the World". Video projection with sound, 3', 2014. Courtesy of Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

Christopher Winter. "Time Dimensionality (and the 1911 Cubist Monkey)" 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 180 cm. Installation with 6 pictures.
Courtesy of Lehr Zeitgenössisches Kunst, Berlin.

El D´Or, 2014, C_Print, 127 x 95cm © Thorsten Brinkmann & VG Bildkunst 2016, Bonn. Courtesy of Feldbuschwiesner Gallery, Berlin.
Robert Montgomery. "YOU WALK ON THE BONES OF THE KINGS". Edition 1/3 + 1 AP. Courtesy of Anna Jill Lüpertz Gallery.

BORIS+NATASCHA, "Oracle from the grave of Oscar Wilde, Paris”, 2010, Frottage on handmade paper, 51 x 76 cm, unique piece

Edward Clive, A Partially Functional Modesty Screen (2015) 200x180cm

Marcel Buehler. "L'ECHO A TRAVERS LE TEMPS”, 140 x 185 x 16 cm, Neon Sculpture. 2014








































DATE: 10 - 25 Sep 2016

 Wednesday to Sunday 12-7pm
Preview: 9 September 6-9pm

Observer Building
53 Cambridge Road
TN34 1EL

No booking required.

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