“Flat Space | Space Layers“
Robert Steng | Leena Naumanen
Exhibition: 28.5. - 26.6. 2021
Under the motto: "Drawing is a form of thinking on paper." [Saul Steinberg]
two essential directions can be discerned in Leena Naumanen's drawings presented in this exhibition at the gallery:
the finely stroked, even subtly filigree pen and ink drawing on watercolour, and the shingled forms with their structures running quasi within the page.
For Robert Steng, on the other hand, it can be said:
"The found material often hides a work of art, I try to discover and expose it.
The second look changes the perception."
In Robert Steng's case, we make his development visible with the objects presented in the gallery. The starting point for the current production of works is the series of "Empty Boxes" (since 2014) and the beam structures such as "Piles of Beams" (since 2016). Both series are characterised by a high degree of the minimal and by austerity, which intensifies into the present day.
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These carefully cut and split Finnish woods with their rough, fibrous, splintered surfaces are brought into a new structure and she also builds this into her drawings, which are the focus of this exhibition "space layers"
R. Steng's central aim is to capture the spatial dimension of art. However, the structures and properties of the materials and their relationship to their surroundings are also essential.
By using what is discarded, his work also reflects our consumer society.
! Illusions made of wood: That a picture hangs on the wall is the most ordinary form of art. Robert Steng's works, however, function somewhat differently: he combines randomly found, used wood and puts it together in such a way that a new perspective emerges. In this way he creates an ambivalent and at the same time illusionistic relationship between picture and wall.
In this way he achieves deceptively real and perfectly spatial works, with a rich, cubist-like structure that deceives the eye: the perfect trompe l'oeil.
For the viewer, this creates a completely new perception of the space and the artwork. Seemingly through the wall , the surface becomes a three-dimensional space. The arranged found objects are more than just the sum of individual parts: they develop into a kind of "hyperreality" of matter and geometry, i.e. an artistically perfect ideal image. (KUK)
So no stories are told, no message is conveyed or statements transported. For Steng, the function consists in the dialogue with his material.
The medium of drawing runs like a thread through my work. My drawings are spontaneous and unplanned, direct and immediate. They are an outlet for my creative urge and serve to find ideas for performances and objects.
"Art is also a rediscovery of childhood" because the deep and fatal pitfall in visual art and in life is dependence on intellect rather than inspiration."
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