Graffiti, Rap, and Skateboarding Give Abstraction an Update
Mildner’s newest works are exuberant updates to
Once stretched and hung on the wall, these messy paintings each take on a unique and distinct character. In certain highly colorful works, such as Labyrinth (2013) and Wurmloch (2013), tricks and twists make rhythmic sweeps in dense paint, giving the impression of a euphoric, centralized dance. In others, the slipping weight and directed track of the skateboard’s rider is more apparent, such as the monochromatic Wiener Kaiser Melange (2014). Others still seem to take a more controlled composition into consideration, spreading out strokes across the canvas, as in Yellow Calligrafie (2014) or Classic Marina (2014).
Mildner’s works recall her performative predecessors, both contemporary, such as
“Elena Mildner | LIVE DRIVE” is on view at Odon Wagner Contemporary, Toronto, May 21–Jun. 13, 2015.