July 29th, 2012
Artist: Thilo Heinzmann
Venue: Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen
Exhibition Title: Tacmo
Date: June 8 – August 11, 2012
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen
Thilo Heinzmann’s Tacmos – on display here in his second solo exhibition at Andersen’s – are situated in an unexplored place within the realm of painting. Their base is an intricately structured black surface that one hesitates to call ground, because its quality surpasses that of mere canvas-treatment, and its formal weight within these works exceeds that of a mere backdrop.
An acknowledgement of the tradition of color-field painting, these black planes also become the site of inscription for sparse and well-calculated movements that the artist executes with both a brush and his hands. In a reversal of the manner in which these tools traditionally are put to use – namely to apply color, i.e. to add layers of paint – hand and brush are employed in a subtractive and smoothening mode here. The outcome are elongated swings, elegant curves, straight lines of varying length and width that result from working into the paint, by removing an ever so slight upper surface level, by brushing over it while the paint is still fresh.
Each canvas is hence the product of a particular temporal economy that combines extended, meticulous and sustained investment – the preparation of the surface – with a decisive moment in which brush and hand must intervene quickly. Executed with the confidence that comes from skilled craftsmanship, these sweeps capture and reflect the light in a rich variety amidst the matte black that surrounds them. They produce a visual suppleness and the impression of speed that they project emerges amidst the general calm that exudes from the paintings.