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The city as a theme in art has a rich and diverse history influenced by various cultural movements and artistic trends. Its representation is versatile, ranging from realistic depictions to abstract interpretations. It reflects changes and developments in society, technology, and urbanization, allowing artists to explore the complexity and diversity of urban life. In the exhibition ‘Urban Frameworks,’ artists Heiko Huber, Thomas Nitz, and Karla Zipfel have portrayed the city in their individual ways.

Heiko Huber‘s works are a captivating interplay of realism and abstraction, where color and form meld together in a unique fashion. In his series ‘the lines between,’ which offers a fresh perspective on Berlin, Huber creates abstract pieces that still capture the essence of well-known city landmarks. His 360-degree long-exposure shots of subway stations convey the dynamic and fleeting nature of urban life, accentuating the interplay of light, colors, and shapes in this environment.

Thomas Nitz is an artist who blurs the boundaries between painting and photography. His distinctive technique involves multiple exposures on specially prepared surfaces, giving his photographs a unique texture and tactility. Each of his works is a one-of-a-kind piece since the development of the photo depends on the individual behavior of the surface. In his series “Cathedrals and Metropolis,” Nitz explores shopping malls and urban landscapes as modern cathedrals of consumption, reflecting the urban transformation.

Karla Zipfel examines the power of public appearances in her art. She takes buildings, everyday products, and media as symbols of social dynamics and distorts them in her works through the imitation of industrial surface aesthetics. The hybrid objects that emerge play with visual and thematic references, interconnecting them. Zipfel’s installations evoke commercial, domestic, or sacred contexts, challenging how the design of objects and spaces conveys societal norms.