5 Bright Young Talents The Artnet Gallery Network Is Watching In May

At Artnet Gallery Network, our mission is to discover new artists every month. We’ve sifted through the thousands of talented artists on our site to select a few that we find particularly intriguing right now.

Beyond the hubbub of art fairs happening this month, we’ve chosen five artists to know and have work to see in Paris, Berlin and beyond.

Pe Lang at the Denise René Gallery, Paris

Pe Lang, polarization | #16, 1+1EA (2018). Courtesy of Galerie Denise René.

Swiss artist Pe Lang (b. 1974) creates kinetic works of art that precisely control physical forces to work synchronously. Lang has a background in electronic music as well as computer programming and often his works consist of many identical parts, hissing and moving in simultaneous and interdependent motions, such as spinning records and crackling papers. These creations are informed by their own materials and are understated and elegant. His works create a more subjective and aesthetic perspective on technology, asking individuals to consider their role as observers.

Li Shuang at Peres Projects, Berlin

Li Shuang, Will He Fill Our Thoughts with an Endless Night Sky (2022).  Courtesy of Peres Projects.

Li Shuang, Will it fill our thoughts with an endless night sky (2022). Courtesy of Peres Projects.

Chinese artist Shuang Li (b. 1990) traveled to Berlin for the opening of her first solo exhibition at Peres Projects in February 2020. Since then the artist has been living in Berlin, deciding not to return home due to the severity of its pandemic restrictions. . Now the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, “Nobody’s home”, is about to open and the exhibition is in many ways an exploration of the consequences of his decision to stay in Berlin for two years to ensuring dislocation, uncertainty and discovery. . Combining video, sculpture and mural works, the exhibition reflects on the new forms of intimacy born of the pandemic as well as on the relationship between the body and the screen and the body and its image. Childhood memories play an important role – works Tears don’t fall and Sweeter Book Heartbeats are named after an anime the artist fondly remembers, while other works are inspired by barrettes she wore in her hair as a girl.

Bea Bonafini in Setareh, Dusseldorf

Béa Bonafini, Alluvia (2022).  Courtesy of Setareh.

Bea Bonafini, Alluvial (2022). Courtesy of Setareh.

Interdisciplinary artist Bea Bonafini creates multimedia works that draw inspiration from both personal and ancient mythologies. Her works often incorporate textiles and ceramics, on which she paints. She draws from classical references – mosaics and the decorative arts of churches and ruins – which she transforms into her own images that explore the realms of fantasy, spirituality and sensuality in the contemporary world.

Max Vesuvius Budnick at the Deep Space Gallery, Jersey City

Max Vesuvius Budnick, Ledge (2020).  Courtesy of Deep Space Gallery.

Max Vesuvius Budnick, Flange (2020). Courtesy of Deep Space Gallery.

Emerging artist Max Vesuvius Budnick is exhibiting several of his botanically-focused still lifes in the ‘Material World’ group show at the Deep Space Gallery in Jersey City. Budnick’s imagery ranges from a compressed, flattened style reminiscent of Matisse and even Jonas Wood, to pop-inspired ceramic objects, like coffee mugs and dinner plates.

Julian-Jakob Kneer at Blue Velvet Projects, Zürich

Julian-Jakob Kneer, DER MANN DER LACHT (2022). Courtesy of Blue Velvet Projects.

Julian-Jakob Kneer, DER MANN DER LACHT (2022). Courtesy of Blue Velvet Projects.

Berlin-based Swiss artist Julian-Jakob Kneer’s solo exhibition “Shooting Star” at Berlin’s Blue Velvet Gallery is a disturbing dive into questions of cultural narcissism. The artist has developed a body of work that explores the universe of his fictional and disturbed works.doppelganger, an idea born of conversations with the duo of curators Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou. The exhibition space is filled with film installations and sculptures that create an office and dungeon environment in metallic black and silver. The exhibit is a sobering look at the darker sides of celebrity culture and self-construction.

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