Presence and Absence
The exhibition “Presence and Absence” juxtaposes three different artistic positions. Their artistic approaches differeciate enormously – but with time a certain kinship can be extruded by the viewer. This exhibition celebrates the contrasts that are perhaps not as contradictory as they first appear.
Angela Glacjar’s sculptures and installations are explorations of spatial experiences and show the artist’s fascination with the spatial presence of seemingly light materials such as paper and fabric in space. Paper as a medium of sculpture reveals a monumental pull in its tenderness and directness. It is the play of light that gives these installations their weight and ambient presence.
Kristina Weiss works are reminiscent of notes, also of branches and trees, mountains, and roots. Connections and contrasts from light to dark, from white to grey to deep black. The colors do not seem still, but ever lively and loud, as if the lines had to stop the colored areas from jumping out of the picture. The artist creates a tension that seems sensual, delicate, powerful, and majestic at the same time – seemingly combining the artist’s interest in painting and music.
Patience is required to fully appreciate the works of Geert Vanoorlé as it’s only with time that one can discern the slight nuances in his playful approach of materiality. What looks like paper at first sight is aluminum. It is through this focused exercise in managing irregularity that the artist achieves a contained simplicity, shining through in the finished product. Vanoorlé’s ability to maintain the vitality of these delicate pieces can be attributed to his untimed approach composition and color. His use of color is particularly noteworthy, as he skillfully blends subtle and harmonious tones with contrasting primaries, pushing the boundaries of what is possible within the limited space he chooses for his works.