Photo blog of installation views from the exhibition Geist und Form: Ten Painters from Berlin at Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, curated by Jurriaan Benschop, on view through October 11, 2013.
As noted on the extensive exhibition website, "Geist und Form gives insight into the broad spectrum of painting that is practiced in present-day Berlin. The artists show diversity in approaches, ranging from expressive to conceptual, and from fundamental painting to mixed media. Although each of the artists upholds a unique position, there is also common ground in the way all participants balance interest in the visual with inner content. The work of these artists is based on visual qualities that can appeal directly to the viewer. On another level, the presented painters engage in artistic research that gives their work further meaning. The artists do not stop at purely formal issues, their work embodies an intellectual and spiritual understanding of their role as image makers. There is, as the title points out, both Geist und Form in their work, and a simultaneous presence of both these elements was a critical criterion in the selection of the ten artists. The intangible or 'geistige' content is connected in a meaningful way with the surface, the optics and the texture of the work."
Bernhard Gaul interviews painter and stage designer Mark Lammert.
Asked about the relationship between his painting and designing for theatre Lammert replies: "I believe there might be overlaps in terms of creating a lot out of just a few elements. Let’s say: the old problem of expressing a lot with just a few colours, or to create a big physical presence with just a few elements. But generally there aren’t that many commonalities. There are specific reasons why I think that the spaces I built for the theatre are slightly different and also have a different impact. That might have been most evident maybe at the second staging of Aeschylus’ The Persians in Epidauros, the relevance of that old Hebbel quote: “Beauty is depth of the plane”. Meaning: before which ground or base do you put something? That plays a very important role. And in addition there is also the effect of colour. These spaces are in this sense quite seriously dramaturgical machines, in some way (in the best case) co-players."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.