There were two openings last night at Giti Nourbakhsch: a group show, Chairs, and a solo exhibition of work by Berta Fischer.
The Group show was upstairs in a room that felt too small for the amount of work on display, and the pieces felt oddly placed; neither close enough together to make them seem like a cohesive group, nor far enough apart to give them some space of their own.
I found myself searching for wall plaques or printouts or something to explain what I was looking at, because I wasn't getting much out of it on my own. But since there were no such plaques or printouts to be found, I left Chairs and went down to check out Berta Fischer's work.
While Chairs may have been a disappointment, Berta Fischer's sculptures on the first floor made up for it. Many of them were constructed from colored Plexiglas, and it was remarkable the way the light lit up the edges like neon, forming bright lines of hot fluorescent color that twisted and curled through the pieces.
Some of the work was constructed from other materials which also played with the light, but in different ways, like this white, iridescent piece:
Here's a closer detail of the surface:
Both shows run from 15. April 2011 to 28. May, 2011. Giti Nourbakhsch Gallery is located in Berlin, Germany.