Tuesday, January 23, 2018

TRTL - train ride to luxor at gallery 60six san francisco 2018

Jürgen Trautwein  Train Ride to Luxor

60SIX presents Jürgen Trautwein’s new body of paintings “Train Ride to Luxor,” his fifth exhibition with the gallery. TRTL is a series of paintings inspired by a segment of the artist’s five month journey through Southern Europe, the Middle East and Egypt, specifically his experience in a train from Cairo to Luxor. The paintings are structured with a simple powerful graphic of a blurred field of space, a rectangle or two, light and dark, movement and stillness. They seem to instill a vision of the past, present and future in one moment. 
Often unusual materials comprise the physicality of Trautwein’s pieces. Here he uses traditional canvas and brush. Yet similarly to others of his painting series’ this work brings attention to notions of time and duration. The pictures appear without the hand of the artist drawn to much attention. Some pieces feel like a marriage of the zen quality of a Rothko field painting with the simplicity of the squares on squares of Josef Albers…but without the emphasis on color interactions (like Albers.) The light atmospheric glow draws the viewer into a “light and space” trance-like place, while the monochrome color field quickly bounces the eye back to the painting’s flatness.  The final effect is typical with Trautwein’s works: An experience of painting with deliberate, unapologetic immediacy.

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