In this latest body of work, Udo Nöger continues his interest in light and its manifestations. Nöger engages a combination of traditional painting techniques with a process of layering translucent materials and building up surfaces which creates an ever-shifting response to ambient light.
While the effect and process is similar to the light and space artists of the 1960's, Noger’s work does not strive to dematerialize the art object, but rather creates a symbiotic relationship between painting, light, process and object. The paintings, mostly three inches thick, are imposing vessels for a dynamic interplay between paint and light. Surrounding light gathers into unseen masses and voids and radiates through a thin veil of specially treated fabric. The rigorously layered construction is manifest on the surface as simple, yet resolute markings inspired by forms drawn from the natural world. These gentle surface iterations project an airy luminosity and seem to float over and become part of an infinite space. Nöger's remarkably buoyant works belie their weighty, technically complex substructures which literally draw in, entrap and give form to light.
Nöger’s work has been shown in numerous national and international solo exhibitions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Missouri, The Art and Cultural Center, Maui, Murat Institute of Art, Freiburg, Germany, Kunsthalle, Krems, Austria, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Jose, Costa Rica. His work resides in numerous private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Microsoft, San Francisco and Chicago, and The Margulies Collection, Miami.
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