Having mounted successful photography exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide, Eric Klemm’s new body of work finds him dissolving a lifetime of art practice in order to rebuild it as he goes. His latest series of paintings are ideas of art at play with themselves,
At first glance, Klemm’s paintings might register as a collage of modernist references: Matisse’s shapes, Kandinsky’s colour and Picasso’s playfulness appear to have integrated with the hard edged abstraction of a Frank Stella or Ellsworth Kelly. The surfaces of his paintings, conveying a bold flatness of colour and simplicity of shape, are a nod to the modernist trajectory as a whole. Klemm’s summations and elaborations on that history carries forward a visual language that has persisted to sustain painting today as a medium of immediacy, playfulness and viability.