David Achenbach Projects is pleased to announce its inaugural participation in COFA Contemporary
with a presentation of new work by Erin Lawlor, Tiziano Martini and Peter Mueller.
*1969 in Epping, Great Britain
The abstract Painter Erin Lawlor was born in 1969 in Epping and currently lives and works in London, having moved back to England in 2013 after a period of living and working in both Paris, and on an island off the west coast of France, since 1987.
With art historical references to Willem de Kooning and Howard Hodgkin, Lawlor is concerned with the performative process of expression and movement through the medium of oil paint. Using a technique known as “wet-on-wet”, working in and through layers without allowing the underlying brushwork to dry, each painting can be seen to show a journey that both the canvas and the artist are a part of. Indeed, the artist's body is prevalent in each painting; using a canvas size ranging from 25x20cm to, more often, 120x90cm, and up to 200x160cm, Lawlor stands over her canvas and applies diluted paint with large brushes in what is a physically demanding process. Furthermore, Lawlor sometimes uses a previous painting as her base, and this aggregate of previous colours and marks imbues an experiential sense of depth and journey through layers.
Each painting presents a sense of movement, not only of the brush stroke but also that of the artist, too, every mark being deliberate and considered. Yet whilst the paint is manipulated by the artist and her brush, she is also constantly attentive, and open to, the “accidental”, the minute actions and reactions of the medium that entrain their own internal logic.
*1983 in Soltau, Germany
Tiziano Martini breaks down the gestural continuity of the creative act in the painting, experimenting different ways, times and materials in his multi-phase works. His paintings are like stratified visual fields, deeply marked by the perseverant need to deny a planned result, strongly decked to find the unexpected potential of complex, precarious and unique material conditions. His research celebrates many substantial features of painting but makes symbolic and narrative attention become redundant.
Many and different procedures are to be found on the space described on the frame. Through the artist’s action, the colorful matter creates various transformations because of its physical and chemical features. Simultaneously, work time and space are somehow recorded on the artwork, whose almost absorbent nature can potentially be sediment of bordering matters and gestures.
The ludic rawness of this inclination intensifies the character of the compositional elements. The weight of the canvas could spread out the color, as much as gravity could play a significant role in creating the shapes in which the matters solidifies. Fleeing from what is said and repeated, the painter himself takes somehow distances from his work and becomes an instrument of it. Like a film director who leaves the supervision of the movie to become an operator and decides to manage the operations when a new amount of arbitrariness is needed in order to proceed.
*1982 in Rudas, Poland
Peter Mueller who was born in 1982 in Ruda, Poland, now lives and works in Neuss, Germany. Peter counts towards a small circle of young artists who are experimenting in the fields of sculpturing but escaping the familiar interpretations of sculpture. For his works he uses different materials such as metal, wood, iron or aluminum to form unique and radical works. Through combining lacquer, spray-paint and acid, complex and expressive sculptures are created which often hide the original substance they were made from. By piling, dividing and ramifying different materials, one can only assume specific forms and works often look very surreal, leaving the observer room for personal interpretation.
Peter’s works have a fresh aesthetic appeal but are also substantially fascinating. Thoughtful titles also encourage the viewer to scrutinise doings which would usually appear self-evident.