Howard McCalebb: Butterfly
Jun 6 - Jul 4, 2009

The upcoming exhibition at Exile pairs the works of two American artists each representing different backgrounds, generations and distinctly different artistic visions. The resulting exhibit raises fundamental questions about aesthetic representation and the role of art in contemporary society.

The work of Howard McCalebb, born in 1947, is deeply embedded in studies of geometric form and order that he then transfers into drawings as well as small wooden and large–scale metal sculptures. His works are the result of an extensive visual research into one of mankind’s most fundamental aesthetic principles: the Golden Ratio (Goldener Schnitt).
Exile is proud to present his first Berlin-made large-scale outdoor sculpture entitled Butterfly. The poetic title, color and shape of the sculpture are juxtaposed with the extreme weight of the material resulting in an almost weightless abstraction.

Tom Holmes, born in 1975, works with a large variety of mediums ranging from music to photographs, sculptures and installations. His approach rejects clear definition, questions aesthetic principles and the politics of the overall possibility of artistic meaning.
Taking the compositional problems of abstraction as a beginning his works harbor a strong uncertainty and disbelief in notions of aesthetics and representation.

Setting the works of McCalebb and Holmes in contrast with each other results in a complex dialogue between their beliefs regarding the history and future possibilities of art-making as a whole. Although their works are based in oppositional beliefs they also beautifully complement one another.

Howard McCalebb graduated from Cornell University in 1972. He recently located from New York to Berlin where he runs the gallery and artist residency Dadapost in an old factory in Berlin/Wedding. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Kulturfabrikken in Copenhagen, Denmark and Momenta Art, NY. His large-scale outdoor sculptures have been exhibited in countries such as Norway, Bulgaria and China.


Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 731, 128 Rivington Street, 1993 & 2014 <> five insertions by Martin Kohout
Das stille Leben des Sammlers Kempinski
Martin Kohout: 5006 years of daylight and silent adaptation

Aggtelek <> Philadelphia Wireman
Artissima 20: Kazuko Miyamoto
Hanne Lippard <> Gwenn Thomas
Stephan Jung: [...]
Irregular Readings
Katharina Marszewski: CV CE LA VIE
LISTE 18: Aggtelek, Artie Vierkant, Martin
Kohout, Katharina Marszewski

Kazuko Miyamoto: Container
Erik Niedling with Ingo Niermann: The Chamber
Artie Vierkant: Configure

My safe reduction to form
Artissima 19: Aggtelek <> Gwenn Thomas
Mateusz Sadowski: Leak
Kazuko Miyamoto: Live End Dream No
LISTE 17: TM Davy: Strange Fire
2012: Goran Tomcic and Ze Coeupel (Ambra
Pittoni and Paul-Flavien Enriquez-Sarano)

Stuart Brisley
Art Brussels: Jo-ey Tang <> Stuart Brisley
Aggtelek: The Speaker

Document Performance

TM Davy: Epithalamium
Jo-ey Tang: Like An Intruder
art berlin contemporary: Katharina Marszewski
Art Gwangju: Double Democracy
LISTE 16: FORT: The Eye Balled Walls
Kathe Burkhart: Ubercunt. Selections
from The Liz Taylor Series and Other Works

Martin Kohout: Glare Inland, Quiet Attachment
Alida Müschen: Privat
Bob Mizer: Select Private Works 1942 - 1992

Milk Wood #2: Katharina Marszewski
Andrew Kerton: LAND
MilkWood #1: Carola Deye: Jeansmangel
Stuart Brisley: Measurement and Division
33 115 68
Anneli Schütz: Open Source
Heiner von Alberti: Es werden jetzt für die,
die noch gut sehen Minusbrillen ausgeteilt
Erik van der Weijde: Siedlung
Nadja Abt and Katharina Marszewski: Tabledance

Astrid Proll: Der Zug aus Leipzig
Wieland Speck: Berlin Off/On Wall
Shelly Silver: Former East/Former West
Jack Smith: Cologne, 1974. Photographs
by Gwenn Thomas, Film by Birgit Hein
Bill Jacobson: American Trip 1974-1978
Tom Holmes: Noisy Bottom
Howard McCalebb: Butterfly
Kazuko Miyamoto: String and Thread
Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 815
KAISERIN Magazine Exhibition No 2.: Hors Les Murs

Ad Memoriam
Al Baltrop: Pier Photographs 1975-1986
Straight To Hell

Howard McCalebb
Square Gate For Devil’s Advocate
Painted wood, 20.3x20.3x7.6cm, 2003
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Howard McCalebb
Installation view
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Howard McCalebb
Square Gate (Blue)
Acrylic on Paper, 35.5x25.7cm, 2005
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Howard McCalebb
Welded steel painted, 224x333x121cm, 2008
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Howard McCalebb
Cat’s Tail
Painted wood, 20.3x20.3x38.1cm, 2005
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Howard McCalebb
Square Gate for Despotic Ruler
Photograph of installation in Norway, 2005
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