Katharina Grosse - Untitled
Acrylic on canvas. 163 x 275 cm. Framed. Signed and dated 'Katharina Grosse 2015' (twice) and with work number '2014/1043 L' and dimensions verso on canvas. - Traces of studio.
Katharina Grosse gifts us an advanced position in the history of painting of the 21st century. There aren't any references to representational motifs in her pictorial world, we don't recognise any symbols, any signs, but see ourselves confronted with an aesthetic discussion of colour, form and structure. The artist's sometimes more, sometimes less dense pictorial language left exclusively by spraying, forms the liveliness of an illusion, charming our senses with a crystal-clear sound of colours. Grosse layers colour over colour vertically and horizontally, the colour precipitation bursts the format, respectively glazed on the surface, stencil over stencil, shifted between each spraying cycle, laid on top of each other in various sizes, protecting the previous layers of colour, allowing the clarity of the colours to transfer to a collage-like element. The colours of the various over-sprayed cycles - produced since the end of the 1990s with the help of compressed air-sprayed acrylic paint particles - leave traces, a concentration of traces of drops which, like in the present painting, sometimes form running 'noses' and shift the composition into the here and now. With a gripping dynamic and formal discipline, the artist condenses and subordinates the colour effect to the dominating deep ivory-black - the infinate black of space. Overlaying of various colour zones has the effect of a flat relief with dominantly visible edges, causing a type of collage effect and yet ultimately remaining a consistent overpainting of imaginary colour spaces: an expansive painting, apparently unbound by the edges of the canvas or comparable picture carrier, which moves between graffiti art and colour field painting.
List of works
The present work is listed on the artist's homepage.
The present work is registered in the artist's archive. We would like to thank Studio Katharina Grosse, Berlin, for helpful information.
Private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia