TRIALOGUE - Sculptural Geometry
This year, all our physical presentations are titled MONOLOGUE, DIALOGUE or TRIALOGUE – they are solo, 2-person or 3-person exhibitions. A subtitle explains the respective thematic focus according to which the artistic positions were selected. In the case of "TRIALOGUE – Sculptural Geometry", we juxtapose sculptural works and drawings/paintings by three artists who deal formally and/or conceptually with geometric forms.
The fact that horizontality is something completely different from verticality becomes visible in the collaged paintings of Dominique Chapuis (*1952 in Chalon-sur-Saône, FR, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main). Verticality means upswing, but also restlessness and change, horizontality, on the other hand, statuary, vastness, Parmenid calm. Despite the open edges, the meditative element of horizontal structures is decisive for the picture as a whole. The material is also artistically decisive. Chapuis uses tracing paper, Japanese paper, wax, acrylic, pencil, pastel, wood and canvas. Depending on their use, the different materials allow for glazes, compact colour surfaces, wooden constructions, reliefs. The visual concept of Dominique Chapuis aims at the realisation of the primary as structure and form. The individual work differs from other works simply by the variations in the width of the stripes. Narrowness and breadth appear here not only as formal qualities, but as constituents of a very specific pictorial reality that eludes discursivity.
Ivan De Menis was born in Treviso, IT in 1973 (he lives and works there) and studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. De Menis covers his work surfaces generously with paint, works in thick layers, letting the highly pigmented acrylic paint run down the sides. In his series of works, he creates small-format, rectangular or square pictorial objects that develop an intense colour and luminosity and give an idea of the artist's working process, as the various layers are openly revealed at the sides. The charm of the works is revealed in the contrast between the almost silky-smooth surface and the rough side surfaces marked with streaks and drops of paint and flaked layers. Ivan De Menis' wooden panels are only seemingly simple; in reality they embody complex systems and thoughts. In his more recent works, it is a process that reveals the most intimate part of the work, as if to draw the viewer into the beating heart of what is happening before his eyes. The materials are usually used for packaging, but here they become protagonists.
Patrizia Kränzlein (*1987 in Stuttgart, lives and works there) creates drawings – a combination of graphite and linoleum paint on paper – that are mostly reduced to black, white and grey values. In the production process, the paint is applied directly to the paper with a roller; thus the roller functions as a drawing instrument. The works are developed from variable geometric basic forms and integrated segmentally into the picture surface. They show pictorial spaces that are configured by lines, surfaces, shading and depth. In doing so, the artist always seeks the path into depth, with a demand for the valid, towards the essential. Through the varied organisation of the surfaces and surface sections, Kränzlein gains a creative vocabulary that enables her to create an infinite number of multi-layered variations.
21/04 – 27/05/2023
Works (click images to enlarge)