In Lena Keller's landscape paintings, a melancholy mood drifts across the canvas like a gentle breeze, almost lovingly wiping away any brush marks that might suggest a personal touch. Keller utilizes computer-manipulated digital images as templates and virtual filters to exaggerate colors, contrast lights, smooth and flatten details. This is a reference to the tools everyone carries in their pockets, on Instagram, or in image editing apps. Now digitally produced by humans, landscapes have become a contemporary expression of mood rather than a representation of nature.
Thursday, 14 September, 6 – 9 pm
Special opening hours for Berlin Art Week
Friday, 15 September, 11am – 9pm
Saturday, 16 September, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, 17 September, 12am – 6pm
Friday, 6 October, 6:30 – 9 pm
Photos by Verena Hägler
The murmur of the Pyrophytes, 2023
Oil on canvas (3 parts)
180 x 420 cm | 70 7/8 x 165 3/8 in
About the artist
Born 1980 in Heidelberg, Germany
Lives and works near Munich, Germany
Lena Keller attended Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and graduated from the class of Karin Kneffel with an honours degree in fine art in 2022 (Meisterschülerin). Her work has been featured in institutional exhibitions and international galleries such as the Museum Pinakothek der Moderne München, Galerie Sabine Bayasli Paris, Galerie Noah Augsburg, Positions Art Fair Berlin.
In reference to the classical genre of landscape painting, Lena Kellers works revolve around longing for and alienation from natural habitats. Drawing from manipulated photographic imagery, the artist explores questions regarding human perception and the influence of the digitally shaped environments surrounding us. In her paintings, representational depictions combine with allegedly virtual influences, resulting in a pictorial reality of their own.