We cordially invite you and your friends to the opening of the joint exhibition
OPENING SATURDAY 5 JUNE 2010, 4 – 6 PM
EXHIBITION DATES 5 JUNE – 30 JUNE 2010
KUNO GONSCHIOR GERMANY
In Memoriam: 1935 – 2010
It was with much sadness that we heard the very sad news that our dear friend and artist of the gallery Kuno Gonschior died in his sleep at the
age of 74, in Bochum, Germany, March 2010. We have planned this ‘In Memoriam’ Exhibition to honour Kuno’s extraordinary life and talent
and hope that you can take a moment to celebrate our dear friend.
For over forty years, Kuno concentrated on painting in a fierce and basic way. Starting with intuitive, almost monochrome strokes of the brush
in the fifties, followed by a hardedge way of placing dots in fluorescent colours next to each other in the sixties, causing optical effects, he
focussed on a subtle interaction of colours in the later years.
Like in the informal movement, his paintings lack composition, yet they are vibrant with visual rhythm and the dynamics of each touch of paint.
However abstract, the effect is stunning, since Gonschior's paintings often give rise to associations with his predecessors, e.g. Monet's garden
paintings, or Van Gogh's cornfields.
Kuno Gonschior created large, abstract landscape paintings by merging and melting thick paint in rich colours, directly applied on unprimed
surfaces. His paintings are described as "fields" of color; the combination of raw colour and surfaces creating both the powerful physical forms
of landscape horizons as well as the ethereal hues of shimmering atmospheres.
A former professor of painting at the Kunstakademie in Duesseldorf and Berlin, he was a contemporary of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and
Guenther Uecker. His work was recognised early on in his career with his prominent multi-room installation at Documenta 6.
His works have been shown in innumerable group and solo exhibitions in Europe and the US, and are included in many prominent public and
private collections; including the National Gallery, Berlin; Museum of Art, Dusseldorf; Museum of Art, Bochum; State Museum Bonn; State
Gallery of Art, Stuttgart; New Berliner Arts Society; Museum of Art Gelsenkirchen and the Ministry of Culture, Westfalen; among many others.
SUZIE IDIENS UK/AUSTRALIA
Suzie Idiens was born in the UK in 1973 and grew up in Southern Germany. Returning to the UK in 1993 to study, Suzie continued to base
herself in London before migrating to Sydney in 2006 where she now lives and works. Her practice is an on-going investigation into formal
concerns of colour, mass, line and spatial composition. Challenging the conventional definitions of painting and sculpture, Suzie expresses these
core principles through concrete, non-objective wall mounted objects. By blurring the boundaries between mediums, Suzie refers to her work
simply as ‘panels’. Working with large geometric forms, solid blocks of colour and materials generally found in the building industry, these
three elements combine to portray the essence of her practice.
The current series explores the notion as to how and why geometric arrangements and compositions become pleasing to the eye. Using a
reductive approach through colour, surface finish and proportion, these simplified, singular forms provide a platform to convey or invite
emotion. Colour accentuates the form of the object, giving the work a presence that has a resounding effect upon its surrounding space. The
smooth high gloss polyurethane finish creates a perfectly even result that not only enhances the solidity of the colour itself but also removes the
artist’s hand thus allowing the panel to take on an existence of its own. This highly reflective surface mirrors its environment, making the
observer integral to the piece and very much aware of his or her own presence. Through this reflective quality the observer also has an
impression of being ‘in’ the panel and therefore part of the very experience that they are witnessing.
Meet Suzie Idiens at the opening of this, her first exhibition with the Conny Dietzschold Gallery.