Artists who Inspire

Artists who Inspire

ISA GENZKEN, B.1948 GERMAN

Kinder Filmen I, 2005, Mirror, metal, adhesive tape, magazine and book pages, stamps acrylic, lacquer, spray paint, 280 x 100 cm each panel (Wall Installation of Four Parts)

In Kinder Filmen (2005) mirrored panels, covered in a chaotic collage of adhesive tape, magazine and book pages, lacquer and spray paint, create an illusion of space, drawing attention to the power of art to subvert our preconceptions. They are suggestive of architectural façades and the information overload of urban experience. http://www.saatchigallery.com/artists/isa_genzken.htm

Isa Genzken,2012. © Isa Genzken. Courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Buchholz, Cologne. Photo: Alex Delfanne 

The first solo exhibition of Isa Genzken at the Chantal Crouse gallery in 2011. The exhibition was composed of a series of paintings, collages and sculptures, created for Paris. Under the unambiguous title “Mona Isa,” the artist brings to the foreground a number of iconic personalities from the history of art, in particular from the Renaissance: da Vinci, Caravaggio, as well as Dürer. By introducing them next to portraits of herself and to her images of the contemporary world, she challenges them and brings them into our time.
 

JOHN MCCRACKEN  (1934 - 2011) AMERICAN


In 1966, McCracken generated his signature sculptural form: the plank, a narrow, monochromatic, rectangular board format that leans at an angle against the wall (the site of painting) while simultaneously entering into the three-dimensional realm and physical space of the viewer. He conceived the plank idea in a period when artists across the stylistic spectrum were combining aspects of painting and sculpture in their work and many were experimenting with sleek, impersonal surfaces. As the artist noted, “I see the plank as existing between two worlds, the floor representing the physical world of standing objects, trees, cars, buildings, [and] human bodies, … and the wall representing the world of the imagination, illusionist painting space, [and] human mental space.”

CHRISTOPHER WOOL B.1955 AMERICAN

From the early 1990s through the present, the silkscreen has been a primary tool in Wool’s practice. In his abstract paintings, Wool brings together figures and the disfigured, drawing and painting, spontaneous impulses and well thought-out ideas. 
He draws lines on the canvas with a spray gun and then, directly after, wipes them out again with a rag drenched in solvent to give a new picture in which clear lines have to stand their own against smeared surfaces. 
Spray gun for line work is a technique I must explore soon.
 

CHARLINE VON HEYL, B.1960 GERMAN

Charline von Heyl, Jakealoo, 2012, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 208.3 x 188 cm

Charline von Heyl is interested in creating abstract images that stand for themselves - new composed inventions. 

Her paintings excite in their tension and intentional confusions.

My painting practice continues to experiment with a  diversity of styles and media, and von Heyl’s diverse approach to painting inspires with her unconventional painting methods. By actively resisting a single style or vision, her abstractions are a politburo of shapes, colours, space, lines, narrative and gesture which she constantly reshuffles.