Ernst Caramelle - cut (action), 2013 (detail)

Ernst Caramelle

August 9, 2013

A German contemporary artist, Ernst Caramelle has created an extremely diverse body of work shifting from video works to drawings, photographs, paintings and wall installations, questioning reality and illusion. His artistic approach is considered conceptual, considering the idea as equal to the artistic product, whether realized or not.

Born in 1952 in Tyrol, Austria, Caramelle currently lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany, Karlsruhe, Germany and New York. He has had a number of solo exhibitions internationally, including Musée Schloss Hardenberg, Velbert, Germany, Musée Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany, University Art Museum, Berkeley, Wexter Centre for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. His work is part of many public collections, inlcuding Bonnefantenmuseum Maastrict, Netherlands, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Collection Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France, Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal, Museum Liaunig, Austria, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

In his works, Caramelle often explores the relationship between the art concept and the space it occupies. He often deals with subjects such as the production, reproduction and perception of art and its reception. Using geometrical forms and with duplications, reflections and varied repetitions, his paintings create a spatial illusion that blurs boundaries between reality and illusion.

Featured image: Ernst Caramelle - cut (action), 2013 (detail). Watercolor on paper. 22 × 24 4/5 × 1 1/5 in. 56 × 63 × 3 cm. Photo courtesy Mai 36 Galerie