Bruno Kurz, Translucent Horizons

 

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Exhibition Catalogue, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, 2012 ISBN 978-1-927447-02-4, National Library of Canada

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198 davenport road toronto ontario m5r 1j2 canada 416-962-0438 or 800-551-2465 info@odonwagnergallery.com odonwagnergallery.com translucent horizons bruno kurz

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argyll and hebrides cycles the argyll 2012 and hebrides cycles 2001 and 2012 were inspired by two journeys bruno kurz made in the winter of 1999 and 2012 to the hebrides a cluster of islands off the coast of scotland winter gales ­ in winter months atlantic storms pound the western coast of scotland and the days are short light changes quickly clouds dart overhead winds howl tempestuous seas surround sparsely populated isles these are the impressions that inspired the new argyll cycle 2012 argyll was the name of an early modern scottish duchy and in gaelic means `coast of the gaels the series is characterized by expressive paintwork in which cracked surfaces layers of colour and traces of pastose serve as contrast to a metallic background horizontal layers provide the colours a clear compositional order the recent works from the hebrides cycle exude again their typical sense of contemplative calm at the same time their colour space appears to pulsate in fields of light several paintings in this series are named after lucifer a deity in roman myth who personified the morning star and whose name means `light-bringer reflective surfaces ­ consisting of resin india ink glazes or transparent silk gauzes layered over a vertically delineated metal background ­ afford the works a striking luminosity and shimmering colour spectrum depending on the incidence of light and position of the viewer the paintings may be perceived in a variety of ways the multiple viewpoints offered by the works are the hallmark of their vitality odon wagner contemporary 4 heavy winterstorm 1 2012 argyll cycle acrylic oil on panel 59 x 59 in 150 x 150 cm

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translucent bruno kurz s paintings are bulwarks of soft power against a zeitgeist infatuated with speed sensationalism and materialism unspectacular and low key their quiet yet forceful subtlety contains a spiritual calm that filters out the din of the everyday they demand a deliberate introspective scrutiny that resists the hurried glances of consumer culture to experience kurz s paintings in true form the beholder must calibrate him or herself to their frequency adapting the body s inner sensors to their delicate pulsations as suggested by the titles of several works in kurz s older series these works are membranes but they also require that we allow the sound of silence to permeate through us as if we too were membranes the reward for success is balance peace and an expanding sense of calm kurz s paintings teach us to pause be still and rediscover the neglected inner organ german romantics called `sensitivity empfindsamkeit this spiritual ability is what the romantics sought to achieve at any cost ­ be it in love in nature or in religion ­ and what kurz s work seeks to reanimate in us dr barbara regina renftle foundation s bc pro arte biberach 6 another storm 2 2012 argyll cycle acrylic oil on panel 49 x 49 in 125 x 125 cm

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i create slow paintings bruno kurz s images don t approach the beholder but demand the beholder s attention and time `i create slow paintings says kurz about his work signalling an unambiguous rejection of current trends and brash provocations the quiet mood of his works results from their integrity from their restrained composition and from the intentionally unspectacular nature of their subjects landscape and colour despite their modest harmonies the works of bruno kurz are true bundles of energy their dynamism derives not only from the virtual effects of vibration in the paintings but also from the actual movement of the beholder perspectives change foreground becomes background near becomes far up becomes down and the other way around the viewer is at once in before and behind the painting through his work bruno kurz proves himself a true magician of light subordinating space colour and contours entirely to light everything is in light and filled with light dr sabine heilig art historian after storm 2 2012 argyll cycle acrylic oil on panel 59 x 59 in 150 x 150 cm

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the gentle play of opposites a gentle play of opposites runs through the entirety of bruno kurz s oeuvre this is not only evident in the juxtaposition of horizontal and vertical layers but also visible in the paradox that kurz s works are at once material and ethereal they always begin as an experiment with medium in an investigation of the materiality of the artist s means ­ metal sheets synthetics acrylics oil colours and resins kurz s works are assemblages strata and combinations of unusual materials which in their execution visually mingle without fusing at the same time kurz s works are exercises in dematerialization lightness transparency distance and dissolution this transformation of classical canvas paintings into objects that seem to float in mid-air ­ objects whose surfaces thematize dematerialization by means of subtle colour transitions and fine silk sheens ­ is made possible by the many years spent studying material colour and light ­ the three central themes of his work dr barbara regina renftle foundation s bc pro arte biberach 10 lucifer thunder dark 2012 argyll cycle acrylic oil on panel 49 x 49 in 125 x 125 cm

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unknown territory 2012 argyll cycle acrylic synthetic fabrics on metal plate 49 x 49 in 125 x 125 cm 11

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unmistakable handwriting horizontal partitioning and a multiplicity of materials are the unmistakable marks of bruno kurz s artistic handwriting dynamic linear forms and transparent colours give his geometric forms lightness while a subtle selection of colours and material lends the surfaces shimmering liveliness so the original well-defined linear compositions of paintings change into vibrating evolving and therefore not clearly definable colour spaces these poetically sublimated surfaces at times convey the impression of intangibility and immateriality ­ an artistic attitude that owes itself to temporal duration and constantly changing perception kurz s works display qualities such as continuity and workmanship aura and authority authenticity and sensuality dr barbara aust-wegemund art historian hamburg lucifer falling yellow 2012 hebrides cycle resin pigment on metal plate 47 x 37 in 120 x 95 cm 12 lucifer falling blue 2012 hebrides cycle resin pigment on metal plate 47 x 37 in 120 x 95 cm

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lucifer translucent 2012 hebrides cycle acrylic on metal plate 49 x 49 in 125 x 125 cm back of the ocean 1 hebrides cycle acrylic oil synthetic fabrics on metal plate 39 x 39 in 100 x 100 cm 14 lucifer fire red hebrides cycle acrylic oil synthetic fabrics on metal plate 39 x 39 in 100 x 100 cm

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summerdream 2 2012 hebrides cycle acrylic oil synthetic fabrics on metal plate 28 x 28 in 70 x 70 cm 15

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