Give me more! by Christine Streuli
The offer is also a gesture
What I painted are supposed to be stains. It is a liquid paint that has been poured, filled, sprayed and slapped. Everything in motion, everything in action. Greasy stains, dripping tears and dripping paint noses.
If the paint in the painting process had not had limited and limited freedom and limited domain through my intervention with stencils, I could also say: All coincidence, everything in flux, booming and proliferating - that would fit well. The liquid paint, however, was guided in its flow by me, it was accompanied and domesticated. The painting pretend "as if".
A gesture: "To express an inner posture" - at least to express the inability of this complex, always ambivalent posture, that is my offer. Finding and inventing possibilities of dealing with colour and paint, with its sheer power of seduction. Finding gestures, doing them, analysing and repeating them. Those that could be relevant in painting, at least as an assertion.
Assertions are true or lie, precise or not. It remains with the gesture.
What happens here is an interrupted and vague back and forth between the different surfaces, the illusion and the attempt - and the failure - to be able to claim a gesture all in all -to create something valid, to show it and to negotiate it again and again.
Stains that are not stains. No annoyance on the blouse or on the trousers, but rather a tamed, stenciled form that only gives us an indication of pollution. A signifier for the stain. A signifier for painting.
“Give me more!” can be understood as an invitation to the visitors of the exhibition to reflect on terms such as: Original and imitation, value and revaluation, surface and depth, seduction and conviction.
“Give me more!”, gives me personally the understanding for an excited and critical self-talk, which challenges me as an artist to continue the impulsive and yet so complicated challenge and also the struggle with the free and flowing paint.”
Christine Streuli was born in 1975, in Switzerland. Currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany, where she also studied and teaches at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She already counts with more than thirty solo exhibitions in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the United States and is exhibiting for the first time in Portugal in May 2019. Her work is included in Public collections such as Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, CH, Kunsthaus Zürich, CH, Sammlung der Stadt Zürich, CH, Kunstsammlung Kanton Zürich, CH, UBS Art Collection, Sammlung Bank Bär, Zürich, CH. She was awarded several times between 2001 and 2017, more recently with Fred Thieler Preis für Malerei 2017, (DE) in 2017.