The recent series "Puddle Paintings" by Stefan Bruggemann will be presented at the Roberto Garza Sada Center, designed by Tadao Ando, within UdeM.
The work of Stefan Bruggemann is linked to post-conceptual practices that combine different media with characteristics of art from the 60s and early 70s impregnated with market-oriented values and a bitter response towards the categorization of aesthetic values.
Based on the application of philosophical concepts (mainly grounded in post-structuralism and deconstructionism), his work assimilates the range of concerns that emphasize the role of ideas and meanings through texts and visual arrangements. In recent works, a new series of canvases are separated from the more traditional conceptual practices and approach a more ambiguous and seductive area. Maintaining features of previous works such as the use of written words, combine with the rough application of aluminum paint, making reference to abstract expressionism and automatism. Only small fractions of the text remain visible and the rough elements of monochromatic painting are evident. While Bruggemann's earlier work directly challenged the definition of artistic practice as a visual object, this series takes advantage of spatial experience. The canvases have more structure in their abstract logic; its emphasis not only lies on its surface, but in the subordination of its parts and requires the viewer to move easily between reading and observing.
These paintings transmit the impression of stagnation, demonstrating the various contradictions about the use and representation of time in contemporary society. The canvases fluctuate between conceptual and perception logics, challenging our definition of artistic work as a visual object and experience of space.