Texte zur Kunst – Arturo Herrera / Alicja Kwade

Arturo Herrera - Crush - 2019

Arturo Herrera - Crush - 2019Born in Venezuela and based in Berlin, Arturo Herrera is a virtuoso of color and abstraction whose choice of media ranges from wall paintings to works on paper to painted books, among other formats, almost all of which operate in the seemingly infinitesimal microlayers of the two-dimensional. The flatness of his chosen supports offers Herrera a site for carving and cutting into spaces, building, and re-building, in lyrical friezes packed with energetic contours and silhouettes. The tension within each of his compositions is staggering: a palimpsest of outlines and colored configurations that pulsate with life, vibrating in unison like the multiple sections of a well-tuned orchestra.

For this edition, Herrera created an offset print from one of his large-scale paintings with his trademark weave of lines, colors, and open structures. Over the offset print, he then silkscreened a large red form in gouache, which sits playfully atop the frenzied composition that is the picture’s ground, echoing its restless grammar of lines and outlines and providing another plane that reflects it. Here, Herrera deftly positions the two-dimensional image as both surface and support, making both identities equally alive and urgent.

Medium: 4 Color Offset print and silkscreened Gouache on paper,
Size: 46.6 x 35.5 cm,
Edition of 100 + 30 AP (each unique)
Signed and numbered recto
Price: € 350

Alicja Kwade - Pars Pro Toto - 2019  SOLD OUT

Alicja Kwade - Pars Pro Toto - 2019The Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade is known for her investigations of scientific and social conventions, systems, and codes. One system we use constantly unquestioningly to tame this unknown dimension is time. Kwade is a horologist as much as she is a sculptor: she sees the universe, like Leibniz before her, as a giant clock whose mechanical parts turn at a glacial pace. Timepieces figure prominently in Kwade’s oeuvre, as do rocks, mirrors, metals, and glass constructions, all of which stand in some kind of fundamental connection to the questions of how we create our reality – often by structuring it based on man-made definitions. It’s these kinds of agreements and phenomena that animate her practice.For her first edition for Texte zur Kunst, Kwade set one of her trademark spherical stones – an ashen round ornamented with concentric circles that look like rivers on a distant planet or moon – in a dark and craggy landscape. The image captures this celestial body as it appears to orbit the darkness of outer space, illuminated on one side, on the other eclipsed in shadow. This planetoid object sits on the ground in close proximity to what appears to be a manhole cover on a dark street somewhere. Kwade’s image, like the metaphor of the universe as clock, posits the celestial and the terrestrial as inherently linked. Did this heavenly body drop from the sky – like a parallel world, detached and fallen out of its own system, now disconnected and alone?

Medium: Fine Art Inkjet Print
Size: 59.4 x 42 cm
Edition of 100 + 20 AP
Signed and numbered verso
Price: € 350  SOLD OUT
These limited edition prints are available at Texte zur Kunst 

 

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