070512: Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Polly Apfelbaum

Galerie nächst St. Stephan Polly Apfelbaum 30.03.12 – 19.05.12 No picture-painting By Charles Nebelthau One hears from people who visit exhibitions because the name of the artist appeals to them - just as others wear suits by Armani or carry bags made by Louis Vuitton - because it sounds good. Moreover, there can be no illusion as to how tempting lines of letters are! Reluctantly, one could try to understand the exhibition "Planiverse" by Polly Apfelbaum as if it were about “Flach am Rücken der Welt” (Flat on the Back of the World) by Oliver Hasenschaum. That should strengthen one's ability to observe the works in a sober and true manner but at the same time to be receptive to them as true art. In the project room Login in the Grünangergasse, one sees five strips of paper hanging from the wall which, for their part, are painted in subtly different formations of different coloured stripes, and a plinth in white monotone patterned tiles. Six table tops on trestles, on which coloured modelling clay tiles and small heaps of colour are nonchalantly places on differently coloured paper, are to be found in the first room of the gallery. On the longitudinal wall, barely a dozen-and-a-half papers, also painted with stripes, hang in three rows forming a square; the colours here aren't quite so firey as the accumulation on the makeshift tables. It is somewhat relieving that this is less concerned with saving the world and more as if it concerned a delight in complimentary contrasts, intrinsic contrasts, light-dark contrasts, proportions, arrangements, commensurability, etc. But so many presentations of happily kneaded creations can also be aggressively affecting – after all, modelling clay is a material with which many people have already had something to do when they were in Kindergarten. Does the fact that one has not played with it for such a long time really make one aggressive? In the press release, Leon Steinberg’s article “The Flatbed Picture Plane” is mentioned in which Robert Rauschenberg's imaging of processes are described, in which materials are brought together on a flat space. All works presented are colourful or have been made colourful; in the next room, two strips with transitions from brown to mauve or pink and back lie on the floor and in the small room, pallet-like, equally colourful, glazed clay plates hang on the wall. One of the six bulging plaster forms on two plinths is such a strong egg-yolk yellow that the rest of them in white plaster appear pale. Galerie nächst St. Stephan 1010 Vienna, Grünangerg. 1/2 Tel: +43 1 5121266 Fax: +43 1 5134307 E-mail: galerie@schwarzwaelder.at http://www.schwarzwaelder.at Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11-18, Sat 11-16 hours

Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
1010 Wien, Grünangerg. 1/2
Tel: +43 1 5121266, Fax: +43 1 5134307
Email: galerie@schwarzwaelder.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr: 12-18h
Sa: 11-16h

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