Cabinet Presentation: James Turrell »Sloan Red«, 1968
We are delighted to announce a group exhibition focusing on art’s handling of geometrical form elements since post minimalism. Works by selected guest artists and gallery-own positions illustrate the engagement with geometry as an artistic source of inspiration – be it by adopting, trying to overcome or reinterpreting its formal language.
Our gallery’s focus being post-minimalist tendencies and its heritage, we keep on encountering artworks in which the softening of rigid, geometric norms plays a role. This important point of friction in recent art history shall now be considered in a group exhibition of gallery artists and guests entitled »Negotiating Geometry«.
Mary Heilmann and Keith Sonnier developed their work in New York in the 1960s and 1970s, when many artists were aiming to overcome the strict laws of minimalism. Heilmann (* 1940, San Francisco, US, lives in New York, US) succeeded in doing so by adopting gestural verve and rich color, elements that are typical of her painting until today. The geometric basis of her works – as »Red Cracky« exemplifies in our exhibition – is thus playfully softened. Sonnier (* 1941, Mamou, US, lives in New York, US) started to work with neon tubes – a material developed by Minimalism as a new artistic means and used in strictly linear form. He combined it with sensuous materials such as cloth or foam and integrated reflective surfaces to liven up the works interactively. In our exhibition, this aspect can be experienced with »Circle Dyad A«, a piece that also illustrates how Sonnier was never shy of approaching figuration with reference to geometry.