There is no one right way to look at my work; it provokes one to move around, in, and through it in the attempt to put it together in one’s inner vision. — Katharina Grosse
This will be the second time that Grosse and Trouvé have exhibited together, after Le numerose irregolarità at Villa Medici, Rome, in 2018, although in Basel their works will be displayed side by side in unprecedented direct relation.
To create her vibrant abstract works, Grosse blasts paint across canvas with a spray gun. Her energetic, arcing motions cover the studio walls in pigment, conceptually echoing her practice of painting in situ directly on the surfaces of objects, rooms, or entire buildings. In three enormous silk hangings, the material accumulations of Grosse’s painting process—buckets, chairs, cables, and canvases, strewn against a color-flooded wall—are captured in digital print. Grosse’s uncannily self-reflexive prints destabilize perceptions of volume and weight; cluttered, photorealistic walls appear architecturally solid but melt into diaphanous swaths of fabric, susceptible to the slightest movement of air.
In Trouvé’s series Les indéfinis (2014–), plexiglass replicas of art-shipping crates are paired with hyperrealistic bronze or copper casts of common objects. In a subversion of material solidity, pliant household items—tires, electrical cords, and macramé hangings—are re-created in unyielding metal, while the greenish luster of plexiglass transforms the crate from a coarse container for art transportation into a work of art itself. Against these limpid vitrines, Trouvé’s casts become three-dimensional drawings—as if the wires, gears, and foils of Marcel Duchamp’s The Large Glass (1915–23) have escaped their panes, reemerging as diagrammatic objects.
At first, Grosse’s flamboyant prints and Trouvé’s meditative sculptures appear contrapuntally opposed: silk against bronze and glass; dripping, aleatory colors against spare lines and volumes. Despite their contrasting approaches to materiality and hue—or perhaps because of them—each artist’s work animates, illuminates, and adapts to the other’s. Both the prints and sculptures reproduce elements of the artist’s studio and the real world while signaling to their illusionistic modes of facture—creating dialogue between the works that dramatizes a continuous give-and-take between absorption and reflection.
Katharina Grosse was born in 1961 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and lives and works in Berlin.
Tatiana Trouvé was born in 1968 in Cosenza, Italy, and lives and works in Paris.
An exhibition is a ferryman crossing space and time; the works are transitional objects produced by these intermediary realities where dreams proliferate. — Tatiana Trouvé
KATHARINA GROSSE and TATIANA TROUVÉ
Exhibition Dates: September 13–November 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm