Y Gallery is pleased to present “Limbo Express” by German artist Ulrike Theusner, her first solo show in New York. Through black and white ink drawings and oil painted canvases Ulrike represents “Limbo,” the unknown grey area between existences here populated by bizarre creatures and whimsical situations.
Bringing back elements of the expressionist tradition, Ulrike depicts societal alienation through medieval compositions, violent colors, carnivalesque creatures, masks and figures inspired by Oceanian and African tribal art. One can feel the floating shadows of Emile Nolde, Otto Dix and James Ensor in Limbo.
The artist’s apocalyptic vision mixes popular culture and dark humor conjuring Peter Pan flying over the Bronx or the “Dark Force” embodied by characters from sci-fi cult movies. In this burlesque rereading of the Mythology, Cerberus, Bird Girl and Lady Death are gliding between contemporary vanities.
From the middle of this dark masquerade, Ulrike “is driving us to the other side where we keep waiting, waiting, waiting in Limbus.” The unknown grey area covers the white cube.