Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Jürgen Trautwein - If yesterday were tomorrow today would be Sunday Paintings - gallery 60SIX, San Francisco

Jürgen Trautwein

If yesterday were tomorrow today would be Sunday

Jürgen Trautwein presents his seventh exhibition with 60SIX, "If Yesterday were Tomorrow, Today would be Sunday."
In this series, old newsprint collages from the mid 90’s live under acrylic paint. The artist used mainly San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner Sunday papers using a wheat flour based gluing process in multiple layers revealing bends, wrinkles, folds and resulting in unexpected refractions. The agitated surfaces become rich and nuanced while unlabored. The creases and lines and pools of paint are reminiscent of his set of works from the Topography series as well as earlier work on antique linen where minimal fields are interrupted by paint sticking to folds and creases.
The artist says of his new series, "YesterMorrow reflects on the idea of re-thinking, re-evaluation, re-painting, re-creation, re-cycling and re-definition." The paintings are, he says, “silent reminders of erased content, voids of no incident.”
Trautwein’s paintings often feel like objects that have undergone a reaction. The materials are fully present and embodied in the object. The artist’s title "If Yesterday were Tomorrow Today would be Sunday," illustrates his zen approach. The logic is absent, and we are left only with the present moment and the object and our experience of it.


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Synthetic Zero:The Virtual is (Always) Already Real - January 11-18.2020 BRONXARTSPACE, NYC

Digitally mediated human interactions have intertwined themselves into the fabric of our lives, changing our social and political life worlds, our emotional and mental lives, and our bodies and physical reality. It’s a virtual reality which cannot be separated from “real” reality. The event will include interactive installations, digital video, prints, sculptures, and visual art. The show is free to the public.