Corinne Wasmuht at Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

Johann König
Feb 17, 2014 3:29PM
Pehoé Towers, 2013

The Kunsthalle zu Kiel is presenting an exhibition of works by the artist Corinne Wasmuht, one of Germany’s leading female contemporary painters. She executes her paintings largely on wooden panels, and one of their outstanding qualities is radiance and brilliancy of color. The exhibition boasts a comprehensive overview of the artist’s oeuvre, comprising 18 panel paintings produced from 1989 to 2013—some of which are very large format—as well as a selection of her paper collages. Having a breadth of seven meters, the painting Paine Towers 7 is one of the show’s largest paintings and the artist’s most recent work. It will be on show to the public for the very first time. 

The material Wasmuht draws on for her art are photographs and illustrations of architecture, street and structural scenes. In her large format paintings she overlaps and blends motifs of urban spaces, landscapes and people. Her large-format panoramas create worlds in which time seems simultaneously frozen and to rush past us, worlds marked by supremely elusive features that conversely seem to predominate. Wasmuht’s conceptual approach and painting technique investigate the confrontation of opposites. In her artistic goals she is responding, in a highly unique way, to the breathtaking speed in which the worlds of digital imagery travel and are generated. In a very time-consuming procedure, the artist is painstaking in her execution of the oil paintings. The highly stratified compositions and repetition of individual pictorial motifs captivate and enthrall their viewers as does also the brilliancy of color resulting from the paint being applied in layers of glazes. 

Corinne Wasmuht "Supraflux", Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany, 15 February  – 9 June 2014

Johann König