May 23rd 2010

A new project by Berlin-based artist Renate Wolff. Skies in Between is a complex painted-wall installation that directs attention to deliberately formed elements and intersections, but offers multiple possibilities for where and how one moves through the space. Finding its locus near the back of the gallery with a large painted square, Skies in Between offers a network of interchanges that quietly move the viewer through the gallery and toward points at which a pause or a break occurs. Using color, rhythm and scale to speed up and slow down the pace, Skies in Between suggests that in an environment where surfaces are graphically articulated, measured and mapped, the reading that results is not directed to one point but open and rich with allusion.

To create Skies in Between, Renate Wolff started by identifying the individual characteristics and architectural components of the space. The walls, the floor, the door, the single vertical post, the ceiling joists and all the complicated lighting elements influenced the schematic of this complex series of conduits that link the painting to its support. Color also brings into question aspects of the room through contrast and assertive graphic clarity. How one experiences Skies in Between brings to mind the criteria through which one traditionally understands and views painting. Form, composition and emphasis are important elements of the overall structure here, but the work breaks the constraints of the rectangle to become a field layered with planes that are both actual and perceived.

Works on paper by Berlin artists Christian Bilger, Michael Bause, Ruprecht Dreher, Frank Eltner, Dirk Lebahn, Seraphina Lenz, Christiane Schlosser, Renate Wolff and Julia Ziegler in the off space.

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