PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY is pleased to announce our seventh solo exhibition day
after day it reappears with German artist MARKUS LINNENBRINK. Exhibition dates:
April 4 through May 18, 2013. Reception for the artist: April 4th, 5:30 - 7:30pm
With his inventive mastery employing material, process and color, Markus Linnenbrink
pours, pools and brushes resin paintings with cumulative layers of opaque and translucent
color. Opening windows to the wood support beneath, or the various treasures held within,
Linnenbrink manifests a complex interplay between fore and background. We see vertically
striped paintings with an interior expressed in a water-based medium, photographs from
his family archive, reflective foil, all breaking the symmetry of the poured bands of color.
The current exhibition celebrates Linnenbrink's oeuvre, including striped, photo-striped,
drilled and reverse resin paintings. Also on view, YOYO, a rectangular resin sculpture filled
with discarded toys and sundry items.
Derek Conrad Murphy wrote in Art in America, "The decadent glossy finishes of
Linnenbrink’s works are enticing, but his skillful layering technique and adept use of color
are the real draw. The wall panels, made from layers of resin and bright pigment, could be
described as austere minimalism intersecting with almost performative, process-oriented
spontaneity."... While Linnenbrink certainly looks back to formal antecedents, his
unorthodox use of materials and combination of improvisation and control continues to
broaden the definition of contemporary “painting.”
David Roth, SquareCylinder.com writes of Linnenbrink's approach to his medium and
practice, " For Linnenbrink, color isn’t just a means; it’s a riotous end that will likely transfix
anyone whose taste runs toward finish fetish and abstraction. Whether he’s creating
sculpture, making paintings from epoxy resin, or painting the walls of buildings with his
now-familiar rivulet-laced stripes, Linnenbrink is all about surface and sensuality..."
Linnenbrink garnered attention in the U.S. and Europe with wall paintings at the UCLA
Hammer Museum, the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn,
and Haus Esters, Krefeld. Over 50 works are in public collections which include the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art; UCLA Hammer Museum; The Hague Ministry of Culture,
the Netherlands; Museum Neue Galerie, Kassel; Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg;
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel, and Clemens-Sels-Museum,
For further information and press materials please contact the gallery at 415-788-5126.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 pm