New TZK editions March 2015

Tomma Abts, Ohne Titel, 2015Tomma Abts, Ohne Titel, 2015

For Abts’s edition for TEXTE ZUR KUNST, she has limited herself to the elements of value and line. The piece, derived from one of the delicate colored pencil drawings she creates alongside her paintings, strips the original image of nuance and color, by way of the black-and-white photocopy. Via this method, fine straight lines dissolve into the thin paper, their information trailing off into mere fragments: A concert of vaguely textural superimpositions and shaded areas whose vestigial illusionism promises pictorial depth only to leave the eye stranded amid the white of the page. Rarely does Abts utilize this medium, and yet, for this edition she carefully achieves the collision of perceptual effects that is fully characteristic of her compositions.

Medium: Black and white photo copy
Size: 29.7 x 21 cm
Edition of 100 + 20 A.P.
Numbered and signed on the back
Price: € 350

Avery Singer, Untitled (Study), 2014/2015Avery Singer, Untitled (Study), 2014/2015

Human figures metamorphose into geometric shapes, mannequins, or machines; intricately refracted choreographies of light are projected into painted spaces; canvases capture cubistic compositions: Avery Singer’s work is recognizably inspired by the formal vocabulary of modernism. But the questions she explores are hardly the problems of centuries past. The accurate simulation of the refraction of light, for example, continues to be a major challenge in digital animation and videogame technology. Singer constructs her figures, broken down into geometric components, in a freeware 3D program and then transfers them onto large canvases using an airbrush and masking tape. Painted in grayscale, the resulting works leave the viewer confounded as to what they behold, both in regards to the canvas’s
material facture and the physicality of what they show: figures that look like paper cutouts and yet read, if not as individuals, then certainly as characters. Many of them (e.g., as in the series The Artists) are faintly caricatured types based on art-world figures who go about their daily business, sitting in a studio or at a café, staging performances or mphoto shoots.

Singer’s edition for TEXTE ZUR KUNST is a study in spatial depth illuminated by a double source of light: a female figure, seen in a close-up quarter profile view, fixing her hair. The light, engendering a play of subtle shading on her face and hair and the wall in the background, animates the digitally generated surfaces and bathes the scene in an atmosphere that is dreamlike and theatrical in equal measure for an iridescent tableau delicately poised between warm and cool, nostalgia and a highly contemporary appeal.

Medium: Ditone print
Size: 45.7 x 61 cm
Edition of 100 + 20 A.P.
Numbered and signed on the back
Price: € 350

These limited edition prints are available at Texte zur Kunst

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