At the project space: Field Guide

Thursday, 12 May 2016, 7 p.m.

13 May – 9 June 2016

There is no discussion about the relevance of New Abstraction in New York. It exists and is exhibited widely. The manifestations are diverse. Without the contraints of legitimacy, artists draw from the enormous body of historical relations. Thus, Alison Halls’ works not only testify her intensive discourse with the recent American history of art, but also show her close affinity to the history of painting, especially to Italian frescos of the 13th century.

Her panels are made from various finely polished layers of Venetian gesso which are primed with dark shades of blue. The surface shows enormous purity and sensuality. Crosses and lines are engraved using graphite. Complex patterns emerge which appear to change constantly depending on the viewpoint of the observer. Small irregularities and imperfections occur repeatedly within these patterns which otherwise seemingly strive for perfection. Larger parts are not completed or are even painted over as if Alison Hall vehemently tries to defy the absolute beauty of her paintings


13.05.2016 - 09.06.2016