PAINTINMOTION Jürgen Paas, Christian Frosch, Paul Schwer
Which artists do artists think are good? Stern-Wywiol Gallery is showing new works by the gallery’s artist Jürgen Paas and is introducing the artists he has invited: Christian Frosch and Paul Schwer. These three artists are linked by an underlying attitude that is playful and high
Christian Frosch conducts “painting research.“ He examines the prototypical material of painting — paint — with regard to its physical and emotional qualities. In precisely conceived and rigorously formalized sequences of experiments, the artist exposes his raw material — paint — to a great variety of influences. He causes it to flow, seep, drip, form strings and evaporate; he concentrates it in presses and dilutes it with chemicals. Christian Frosch uses color in many of its diverse material variations — oils, acrylics, watercolors, marine paint, pastel chalk — on a very wide range of grounds. The combined effect of both components is the decisive question raised by the artist.
Jürgen Paas is a Minimalist — no question. The reductive geometric forms and pure colors of his abstract works can be factually described and represent at first glance nothing but themselves. But why do we always find him dancing to his own drummer when he is placed among the producers of “Objects for Spiritual Use“ (Max Bill)? Why does he give his works such worldly titles: KINO (Movie Theater), POPPLANET, HULAHOOP and JUKEBOX? Perhaps because his works are complex and profound and radiate so much positive energy?
Paul Schwer paints with pigments on clear or colored sheets of Plexiglas and PETG. Color is applied across the entire surface or in strictly geometrical and arranged patterns. Or he also reproduces photos on these sheets with the help of a silk-screen process. The material PETG is a copolyester that is popular in industry because it binds well with paint. Paul Schwer utilizes this feature as well as its low glass transition temperature of 88°C — the temperature at which the material becomes soft. After he has finished painting the sheets, they are heated in an oven and then, at the right moment, taken out and formed into a three-dimensional spatial configuration by means of folding.