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Raimund Girke:
Investigating White

03/12 - 05/28/2016

09/10 - 10/29/2011

Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce Raimund Girke's second solo exhibition in the US. Late German painter Girke has been at the forefront of Analytical Painting. He participated at the 1977 Documenta VI in Kassel, Germany and is known for his investigations of the color white. His work is in many important Museums such as the Nationalgalerie Berlin, Sprengel Museum, Museum Bonn, and Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, to name a few. His paintings are internationally traded and in 2015 he had a solo exhibition in Hong Kong. 


In the late 1950’s Girke belonged to the generation of young European artists that overcame the Subjectivism of the Abstract Expressionism, and searched for new objective reductive expressions. Girke left out the traditional composition and concentrated on "writing" the color onto the canvas, something which he called his "signature". Many titles show these characteristics of his paintings. At the same time, Girke reduced the colors from his paintings to a white accompanied with blue and brown tones. These formative qualities have always characterized his paintings and the brushstrokes came into their own with increasing dynamism and force.


In Girke’s paintings white is not a static thing, it is constantly moving and changing. White is as elusive as it is beautiful. White is emptiness, non-material, quietness, stillness. It is subject and spirit of Raimund Girke’s paintings. Rather than being restricted by his monochromatic palette, he demonstrates it is an entire world in itself, which can be explored and expanded. In this infinite universe of complexity and subtlety, he searches for classical order. Girke explores white as a color and not as a concept. He continues the tradition of ‘Tafelmalerei’, a historical term for Classical and Renaissance painters who were concerned with order, color and light.


These paintings demonstrate the fruitful results of his life-long passion for analyzing color layering, color movement and structure. The dynamically arranged surfaces play with certain principles, such as parallel layers of color in individual strokes of paint and mesh-like serial structures. The disciplined serenity and material of the paint is evident. He is an analytical painter in that his paintings are about the fundamental structures of color and light, as contained by the color white. The color white flows in and out of his paintings, present but never determined.



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