28 APRIL – 26 MAY 2012

The artist, born in Freiburg (Breisgau) in 1961, extends and enriches the Gallery's programme with a significant position. Grosse transports painting as such into volume, thus confronting seemingly irreconcilable and incommunicable spatio-temporal modes. The pictural spaces so created allow the beholder to participate in her investigation into the tangents of possible relationships with the world.

Katharina Grosse’s paintings find their way onto a variety of surfaces – onto the walls of exhibition halls, the facades of buildings, and the surfaces of living spaces, but equally onto heaped-up piles of earth, balloons and large-scale polystyrene objects, as also onto canvas and paper. In our current exhibition They had Taken Things Along to Eat Together Katharina Grosse integrates into her painting, alongside the gallery and canvas surfaces, voluminous, laminated polystyrene objects, a sofa and a carpet.

Katharina Grosse’s in situ painting needs an architectural space inasmuch as it displays itself both on it and in distinction to it. Grosse occupies a space, adding surface to it, and so juxtaposing it with extended possibilities of spatial and temporal co-ordinates. A space that obeys the laws of Euclidian geometry is conjoined to a space whose extension requires no co-ordinates. Painting itself becomes volume, so creating a need for a re-scaling – or re-evaluation – of accepted and assumed relations. Through Grosse’s painting, the various objects and their relationships with one another, with the given architecture and with the beholder are released from their original dispensations and are carried over into an open system of reference. Here, the simultaneity of the non-simultaneous and the infinite extension of a compressed space co-exist side by side.

Just as, during the painting process Katharina Grosse never acts solely from one vantage point, so, as the beholder paces through the exhibition, every new glance reveals an ever new painting. Rather as with a mathematical iteration, an infinite number of points of approximation occur, with none of the perspectives laying claim to being able to convey the whole, let alone to being the one, correct perspective. The colourfulness of Grosse’s paintings introduces the possibility of re-tracing a movement or an extension - colour being here, as it were, a litmus paper for relations and spatial conditions. The beholder encounters a pictural form whose openness and variability are not conducive to any traditional system and whose making required no abstraction from the world of objects. Carried over into our everyday world, this could impact not only on aesthetic, but above all on socio-political issues and positionings.



Katharina Grosse (b. 1961 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany and New Zealand. Grosse held professorships at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin, Germany from 2000-2009 and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany from 2010-2018. For more than twenty-five years, the artist Katharina Grosse has been internationally present in the art world. Her painting maintains a position outside the categories of representation and abstraction: it operates in reality and on reality. For her, painting can precipitate everywhere and anywhere – on any surface and any object that sprayed paint can reach.

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