How is the relationship between people and their environment handled in contemporary painting? Based on two differing positions, spatial worlds are opened up in OFF-SPACES inviting the viewer to enhance his or her own sensory experiences and associations. The image motifs themselves serve merely as points of origin for individually created sideshows – off-spaces. It […]
How is the relationship between people and their environment handled in contemporary painting?
Based on two differing positions, spatial worlds are opened up in OFF-SPACES inviting the viewer to enhance his or her own sensory experiences and associations. The image motifs themselves serve merely as points of origin for individually created sideshows – off-spaces. It is difficult to resist the unpredictable pull of the moment when viewing the works of Leszek Skurski and Folkert Rasch, which is why it is our recommendation to accept the artists’ offer: allow yourself to be pulled into the situation depicted with its associated parallel worlds and to actively bring to life the motifs.
In Leszek Skurski’s figurative painting, stringent reduction gives rise to a heightened focus on the figures that are skilfully sketched with just a few brushstrokes. Because all distractions from the environment are washed away by means of a monochrome, heavily significant plane consisting of carefully placed shades of white, a clear view of the dynamics of the protagonists situated within this seemingly endless space becomes available. People’s search for meaning in today’s world takes on objectively viewable, distanced forms here, even though the pervasive depiction of this very question itself evokes individual emotions and memories in the viewer. The question of beginning and end is no longer posed in these seemingly anchorless everyday situations; instead, the artist captures the moment and does not release it for as long as the viewer engages with this external perception.
With his depiction of ocean sections, Folkert Rasch summons forth a curiosity in viewers that invites them to search for stability or boundaries, in other words, a defined horizon that will endure. Is it possible to find this? What would the complete panoramic view onto the water look like? The artist withholds the complete view by paradoxically placing the ocean panorama on the canvas in extreme portrait format. The limitation of the image space thus simulated is dissolved in the viewer’s memory by conjuring up thoughts of long gone moments or a longing for refreshingly vast spaces. Shimmering points of light in the characteristically streaky painted water sequences, the tangible implementation of sand structures and the intensity of the incandescent colours of a sunset mark the open or, it could even be said, an endless effect of the works.
Revelling and longing, seeking and remaining: find out for yourself what the scenes depicted in OFF-SPACES – or rather their off-spaces, arising individually in you as viewer – evoke in your cognitive world!