Event Horizon

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 533 Old York Road, London

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Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 533 Old York Road Wandsworth SW18 1TG
When:Event passed!
It was on
Fri 24th Feb 2017 to
Sat 18th Mar 2017

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Where:Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 533 Old York Road, London SW18 1TG
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 - 18:00
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About the event

Ghost-like figures float and waft through inky worlds of blue, grey and bruised purples. The canvases themselves are anything but two-dimensional planes, rather, they become semi-sculptural works, various pieces overlapping and appearing like patchwork skins, as if Dr Frankenstein had stitched through them. Paint, either overlaid in large swathes or daubed on in thick impasto is wiped, blended, swirled and gauged, fine feathered features drawn, ghostlike on top, or etched into the surface of the paint itself like embossing. Elsewhere, on paper, parts are sometimes burned away, leaving great gaping holes, or cut out, delicately, pieces freed and let loose to curl over like the fronds of a fern. Large, life-size sculptures, meanwhile, appear as if manifested out of air, brush strokes come to life, living sketches. These phantasmagorical, alluring and fey characters, in their slightly surrealist habitats, are the work of Berlin-based artist Ruprecht von Kaufmann. In Event Horizon he exhibits new works at Kristin Hjellegjerde, running from 24th of February – 18th of March 2017.

At the heart of von Kaufmann’s artistic practice is a blending of figurative painting with a sculptural approach, and an exploration of space and of the three-dimensional. His paintings take on an installation-like aura, sometimes spilling over the perfect linear bounds of the work itself, either through bits and pieces left hanging over, or, occasionally, jumping onto the walls of the gallery itself. The result is, in the words of writer Samantha Groenestyn, an “eerie phantasmal universe”, one in which we end up “staring tensely at his dot-eyed spectres, his tormented ghosts half appearing and half disappearing through the surface, writhing and struggling through mysteriously colourful and seemingly interminable mists. These figures writhe and float on buckled surfaces, the very canvas… reacting to the interventions and layers of paint he applies, to break free of the traditional smooth, level plane.”

However, the pivot upon which this all rests is the relationship between painting and sculpture, of the two- and three-dimensional and the plane upon which they intersect. Von Kaufmann finds himself obsessed with space (and, therefore, the illusion of it) and with surfaces, textures and the way in which paintings move and change within the space they are hung in. He paints not only on canvas, but on materials picked for their sculptural qualities – linoleum, sheet rubber, felt. “I find it fascinating that, by manipulating the surface, I can undermine the ‘singular viewpoint’,” he explains. “This notion that there is one single ideal viewing point for a painting – I want to challenge that. This idea does not exist with sculpture.”

This produces large sculptures that appear to be made out of arcs of light, but are in fact created out of Mylar stencils he has used for his paintings. With their paper-like appearance, and paint residue, they become drawings that appear mid air, as if paintings in space, manifested out of brushstrokes alone. They feel somehow insubstantial, not heavy like their bronze or marble counterparts. Instead, they bend and enfold space, a cosmic space-time planar jump, like the event horizon of a black hole. “In my paintings I want to create space, or the illusion of space and spaces,” says von Kaufmann. “From the paintings, figures try to burst outwards, out of these spaces. They challenge their environments, for they can only act within the laws that have been set for them within those spaces. The sculptures, on the other hand, are at once inside and outside, they are hollow yet they are also solid; it’s like taking a flat surface and bending it to circumscribe an imaginary shape.”

There are contradictions in von Kaufmann’s work too, in the deep, dark palette of the works, lending itself to intense brooding, and the light fragile outlines of figures that seem to float through his universe. The sureness of h

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