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Sophia Zalman

Paul Wesenberg

Berlin, Germany

Installation, Painting • Born in Minsk, Belarus • Studied at Minsk, Belarus and Kiel, Germany

Published  26/02/2020

Expeditions into the Nature of Painting

Wesenberg works less on the diligent, imitative rendering-visible of his surroundings than on rendering all the material aspects of painting visible, including everything that is possible using paint and by working on a picture ground. However, in that process the visible indicating some detail in nature may be abandoned in favour of the specific visibility of the reality of painting. That is to say, every painting arises from within itself. It...

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Wesenberg works less on the diligent, imitative rendering-visible of his surroundings than on rendering all the material aspects of painting visible, including everything that is possible using paint and by working on a picture ground. However, in that process the visible indicating some detail in nature may be abandoned in favour of the specific visibility of the reality of painting. That is to say, every painting arises from within itself. It happens of its own accord; even if the artist is wielding the paintbrush, the painting takes the artist by his hand. For Wesenberg, the identity of the painting as an autarchic object counts for more than the subject matter it portrays. The How of painting takes precedence over the What.

© 2019 Christoph Tannert
© 2019 Translation Fiona Elliott

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2020

Künstlerforum Bonn, Germany (upcoming)

2019

Wunderbilder, Kunstverein Mainz, Germany

Referenzrahmen, Künstlerhaus Sootbörn, Hamburg, Germany

GROUP

2020

0+255, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany (upcoming)

2019

Geheimnis und Faktum, Galerie Alte Schule Adlershof, Berlin, Germany

AWARDS

1996, DAAD-Preis

EDUCATION (detailed)

1992 , High School of Art Minsk, Belarus

2005 , Muthesius University of Art, Kiel, Germany

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Hence the art of Paul Wesenberg is instinctively investigative, in that he seeks at one level simply to enrich and expand upon the language of painting, yet in another respect his focus is directed elsewhere. That is to say he takes the self-reflexivity common to contemporary painting, but rather than psychologising it into immediate states of self-awareness, he turns it towards the residual limits of materiality through ground as support and the art medium as application. In this sense he reminds us that the modernist language of painting is not dead, and is a sub-text that entered postmodernism as a subterranean chameleon of discontinuous presence. From MATTER AS METIER (The Paintings of Paul Wesenburg) © 2018 Mark Gisbourne


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