Thomas Kratz – Lick Gin (Situations)
In his first solo show in Italy, German artist Thomas Kratz presents “Lick Gin (Situations),” an exhibition consisting of seven new paintings and reliefs, three sculptural works, and a gallery intervention in the form of painted ceiling and walls. As with earlier work, the pieces in this exhibition press the viewer’s senses to work, encouraging open and fluid perception. But three sculptures, despite an apparent tension with the paintings, further Kratz’s exploration of the ability of surface to create refined coloration and texture. Kratz’s work has engaged with the exterior of painting, often by using soft colors painted on materials other than traditional canvas. Metal pigments, like manganese and tin, were used in his earlier “Lick Gin” series and were painted on wood; while his “Nude” series used fleshy colors on glass. The effect is the production of paintings that turn the viewer into a perceptual participant, engrossing their senses with a tangible feeling of absorption. In his new series of paintings, Kratz continues this trajectory, but pushes the interactive aspect of his work one step further with the sculptures and intervention.
galleria collicarigreggi – Via Oliveto Scammacca, Catania
4 May – 20 September, 2013