Dirimart is to host Peter Zimmermann’s solo-exhibition
Chrome between April 4 and May 6, 2013.
Peter Zimmermann’s works re-interpret the notion of
traditional painting by using digital manipulation to
abstract the original photos they are based on, and in
turn, revealing the aesthetics of illusion.
Peter Zimmermann has been painting with epoxy resin
for 20 years. He mixes epoxy, a transparent liquid,
with color pigments and pours the colored mixture on
predefined sections of the canvas. The resin then dries
and takes up solid form. On the canvas, each color adds depth and texture to the silky and transparent nature of
the epoxy resin.
Zimmermann never reveals the origin of the manipulated
photo the painting is based on. This leaves the
viewer face-to-face only with pure imagery, denying
any figurative association. The final color harmony present
in his pictures is often reminiscent of landscape
abstractions, similar in tradition to those found in
Western abstract expressionism.
Born in 1956 in Freiburg, Germany, Zimmermann has studied
at the Staatlichen Academie der bildenden Künste in Stuttgart,
Germany from 1979 to 1984. Based in Cologne since 1984,
Zimmermann’s works take part in the public collections of museums
such as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; MoMA,
New York, USA; Museum Moderner Kunst, Cologne, Germany
and Staatsgalerie Suttgart, Germany.