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To Start a Painting

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To Start a Painting 

Monique van Genderen, Shila Khatami, Ingo Meller


The Canadian-American painter Monique van Genderen has developed a new, wall-filling work for the exhibition, which consists exclusively of retro-reflective foils commonly used in traffic. In it she asserts that images are also human and - one must inevitably conclude - want to be treated like that. In the same way, the Berlin painter Shila Khatami uses a technical surface.

Her expansive installation of metal panels with car and metal protective lacquers refers to the workshop as a production location, while the painterly composition picks up motifs from the vocabulary of city re-appropriation such as graffiti or tags and relates them to forms of the traditions and methods of the avant-gardes of the 20th century.

Both artists explore elements of space and illusion in the context of abstraction. One can say that they allow the surfaces and materials to negotiate the image plane almost on their own. The same applies to Ingo Meller.

A considerable part of the traditional canvas, on which Meller applies his blocky, occasionally blurred color compositions, remains unpainted. At one and the same time, it blends with the wall and merges with the rich oil colors of the artist's strictly analytical color gestures.