November 17, 2019
This work is part of a group of watercolours made during a 1995 residency at the Montauk, Long Island estate of Nobel Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee, the watercolours on paper and in particular on film, were each painted across the entire surface, lending the works a sense of an expanding composition that continues beyond the picture plane.; As in many of her drawings and paintings, this small suite of works at first appear to be created in precise patterns, only to reveal irregularities on closer inspection.; Loosely painted, these generous watercolours play with our; senses, inviting references to tree barks, plowed fields or the movement of waves across a stormy seascape. Each work; develops its unique character despite being made using a; repeating methodology.; As the black watercolour pigment settles on the surface and the water that carried it evaporates, the viewer is left with seemingly organic forms that invite the literal images mentioned above.; Moving beyond American minimalism, which originated in the 1960s and included artists such as Ellsworth Kelly or Frank Stella, Witek's technique can be seen as a critical evolution rooted in a deep understanding of Minimalism. While her predecessors relied on pure abstract geometry, Witek suggests her own experiences; as a point of departure, even referring to some of her earlier paintings as self-portraits. Indeed, this particular suite of works is of place without depending on site specificity.; Witek's works are intimate in nature and full of complex; suggestions while her artistic vocabulary remains reductive. The resulting pieces are accomplished through the exclusive use of the colour black, chosen for its primitive and emotional; character. Montauk Series
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Bartha Contemporary was founded by Swiss-German couple Niklas and Daniela von Bartha in January 2000. The gallery relocated to its....Read More
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