Silke Otto-Knapp “Violets”

Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo

poster for Silke Otto-Knapp “Violets”
[Image: “Violets II”, 2018, watercolor on canvas, 100 x 80 cm © Silke Otto-Knapp ]

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The title of the exhibition refers to a journal of poetry Kurt Schwitters published in 1931 in Hannover. The journal brought together a selection of poems by his peers. Schwitters’ own poem Veilchen (Violets) was printed on the cover as both an address to the reader and a statement of intent from the artist, who likens the small and beautiful flowers that have the strength to grow under almost any conditions to the poems presented in the journal. Ranging from landscapes to works based on historical documentation of stage design and performance, this group of paintings takes its starting point from the journal. By transforming the space with her painting process of building and removing layers of watercolor, Otto-Knapp creates degrees of transparency and opacity with layers of movement in one uninterrupted surface. Her paintings could be compared to looking at a photographic negative where there is a constant play of negative and positive, producing an unstable space that nevertheless has a distinct physical presence.

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from September 07, 2018 to October 06, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-09-07 from 17:00 to 19:00

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