If you have an MFA from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Dresden, you know your stuff. Caspar David Friedrich, Oskar Kokoschka, and Otto Dix all taught there, and famous alumni include Georg Grosz, Kurt Schwitters, and Gerhard Richter. Naturally the focus is on representational technique. Paint this cup for one year from different perspectives and in all sorts of colors and dimensions, and maybe we’ll let you paint the potted plant next. Jawohl! Anne Neukamp graduated from HfBK in 2007, just seventeen years after German reunification, a time when the old teaching guard was just about to phase out. The residues of a rigorous art education are unmistakable. Technically flawless, Neukamp approaches her subjects, which may range from paper clips, envelopes and other familiar every-day objects, with austerity and precision. She then reworks the mental imprint of a particular object by denying it context or by toying with perspective and proportion. In the end, instead of evoking a solid presence, her objects speak of an absence that begets a cornucopia of latent assumptions. And just like that she becomes an image maker par excellence which lets her paintings dance on the tension between reality and apparition… Anne Neukamp’s works are part of the group exhibition “Eight Ball” at Martos Gallery that also includes Math Bass, Edith Baumann and Lindsey Burke. Through June 16.