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Kuno Gonschior 'In Memoriam: 1935 – 2010' & Suzie Idiens 'Painted Objects'    Jun 5 - Jun 30, 2010

Polychromer Raum II
Kuno Gonschior
Polychromer Raum II, 2000
 
Polychromer Raum II (Detail)
Kuno Gonschior
Polychromer Raum II (Detail), 2000
 
 
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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
Painted Objects

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.

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