Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Per Kirkeby

My second  'discovery' at the exhibition 'Borders' at the Byzantine Museum (posted on 26 Sept.) 


Retrospekt I

Abstract or representational?

Even though they defy categorisation, nature plays a central part in Kirkeby's work

Nikopeja I

Nature is conveyed through layers of paint and coloured surfaces that overlap

He describes the composition of his paintings as a 'deposit' - a geological term (he was originally a geologist)

they are composed of, and allude to surface and substrata conditions, structure and erosion. Three main motifs dominate: tree, forest and cabin.

Per Kirkeby, Flight into Egypt, at Tate Modern

Flight into Egypt

"Its gradually become clear to me that all of my paintings are about holes or caves: holes in materiality like living in a cave and looking out. Or looking into a cave. This strange, dizzying view through matter".

Per Kirkeby, Leiser Wellenschlag Grün, 2005. © Per Kirkeby, Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Berlin, Köln & New York
Leiser Wellenschlag

Kirkeby has called the colour spaces of his painting 'caves of light'. To him, colour is the essential means of transferring allusions to nature into pure painting. "Our painting is a kind of sign of dream of nature that stands still, where experiences can be stored away. The colours of nature always flow while we try to make our colours stable".

He manages to achieve a dissolution of space.



His paintings are reminiscent of rock formations, crystals, branches, grass, wood grain.

Per Kirkeby at Tate Modern

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