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Greeting: Ursula Bittner, Deputy President of the Destrict County of Upper Bavaria
Introduction: Anjalie Chaubal M.A., director of the Municipal Gallery Cordonhaus Cham
In 2013 the exhibitions at the Schafhof, the European House of Art in Upper Bavaria, focus on the topic of COLOR, exploring it from various perspectives, with different artistic strategies, positions and media. The first exhibition by the name of “ColorSpaces – open color II” displays a connection of the traditional concept of painting with extensive shapes and photo images.
Stephan Fritsch’s large-format works and Klaus Schmitt’s color objects placed within the room become part of the viewers‘ range of motion. With his large-scale photo images, Klaus von Gaffron approaches reality so closely that they become abstract color gradients.
born in Straubingin 1946
lives and works in München
Klaus von Gaffron’s “photo images”, as he calls his tableaus and photo series, confront us with a school of seeing that teaches us to perceive without pictorial clichés, beyond the commercial and multi-media flood of images that surges around us. Photographer Gaffron is convinced that “there is no true photograph, only the reality of the image”. And this reality is developed during the creation process. (…)
His latest works are located completely in the realm of abstraction. They set fixed categories in motion: What is big or small, above or below, amorphous or constructed? Associations of shape, light and color spaces with unfathomable dimensions evolve, serial sequences fascinate and irritate with their symmetries, breakings and permutations. Time is neutralised and is transformed into space.
(Prof. Dr. Andreas Kühne)
born in Stuttgart in 1962
llives and works in Salzburg
When painting becomes the embodiment or image of energetic processes, the post-iconic or non-iconic approach is to the fore: thus, the projection of voluminous gestures and the processing of volumes and depths are not formal, well-thought out compositions, but flows of current located in the space-time continuum. Stephan Fritsch explores these fundamental basic conditions of painting with his gestural placement of surfaces and picturesque alignment.
(Margit Zuckriegl: Surface Adventure / Abenteuer Fläche)
born in Korschenbroich in 1955
lives and works in Mönchengladbach
As Klaus Schmitt’s major installations purposefully permeate, burst or completely conquer space, they can be understood as metaphors of the perception of volumes – and at the same time for their dissolution. Schmitt’s works create new, fictive spaces within the existing surroundings that constantly change depending on the viewers’ viewpoint and therefore query their idea of space and perception. (…)
(All of) his works, his sculptures and watercolor paintings, radiate this wonderful feeling of freedom. The boundaries that may be specified by the format of the paper or the canvas are simply transcended by the artist’s paintbrush work. If not in reality, then at least in our imagination.
(Dr. Christian Krausch)