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Still s Life

13.02.2010 - 27.03.2010

11 Church Street NW8 8EE London

New works by Ina Geissler

Patrick Heide Contemporary Art is delighted to present “Still's life", the second solo exhibition of Ina Geissler in London.
In her new show the German artist will present new paintings from her recent "Flash" series and works on paper from four different series she has been working on in the past year, mostly executed in watercolour and many larger in scale.

In tune with her earlier series all her recent works require “an active attitude in terms of reception, viewing as a conscious act�? as Peter Lodermeyer points out in the catalogue essay.
The viewer must develop a curiosity to discover, a willingness to participate and plunge into the multi-layered spatial concepts of Ina Geissler’s compositions.

While many of her earlier series were relating to architectural spaces and their fragments, are most of the new works devoid of any such references, leaving more space for a pure painterly treatment of her subject matter. New shapes such as the circle and the spherical emerge, which break her compositions open. The result is a pictorial language that is only remotely associated with its sources and enters a universe of its own.

Many of the paintings in Geissler’s latest “Flash�? series still include the grating and taped off triangular shapes familiar from earlier paintings. However, all compositions are pervaded with discs and superimposed concentric circles that pull them away from any architectural notions. Round openings, almost like bullet holes, or “peepholes�? according to Lodermeyer, expose the layers beneath yet define the surface structure at the same time. Geissler’s imagery cannot be determined, which is exactly what she wants. It is as if the reverse of another image or space would move into sight and dissolve again. Geissler’s paintings are oscillating between illusion and reality, they are fleeting images of our ever-changing virtual world.

The works on paper are mostly watercolors of stunning complexity and refinement. The more structural compositions as in “Färben�? and partly in the “Lightsnight�? series comprise of layers of colour and light, which is what the series are essentially about. Technically elaborate, they develop great depth and perspective but are lighter than most former series thanks also to the use of the translucent medium.
In other series Ina Geissler experiments with structurally less rigid compositions. Here as well she introduces round and oval shapes while leaving parts of the paper untouched.
The "Still's Life" series for example is more intimate, also because of the smaller size. At the core of it there is a spherical that is gradually broken up into shapes hovering in space.
In the black and white "Unterton" series Geissler is pushing the boundaries even further creating a complex 3-D underwater-like cosmos that is flooded with rays and bubbles of light.

Born in Hamburg, Ina Geißler studied painting at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She has exhibited widely in Germany, the UK and US and won several prizes and scholarships such as the prolific Villa Serpentara in Olevano, Italy.
Geißler lives and works in Berlin, her work is part of several high profile private collections.
A catalogue entitled “Still’s Life�? will be published alongside the show.

...Overview 2010