until 25.06. | #3405ARTatBerlin | Galerie Kornfeld presents from 28. April 2022 the exhibition Black Gardens, Minimal Interiors and Some Ceramics by the artist Bruce McLean.
The exhibition Black Gardens, Minimal Interiors and Some Ceramics presents paintings from the current body of work Minimal Interiors as well as new ceramics by Scottish artist Bruce McLean, one of the most important figures in contemporary British art. The works celebrate the colours of spring and a return to nature, condensing Bruce McLean’s experiences over the past year.
Nature and the universal unity of all matter are recurring themes for Bruce McLean. Nevertheless, his works are not just simple representations of nature. McLean often combines painting and collage in his works, and in his monotypes, wood and other surfaces serve as image carriers in addition to paper. With his ability to use a wide variety of media, he speaks a formal and rather conventional artistic language, but constantly tries to question the traditions of art.
Echoing McLean’s exploration of the garden theme in the Future Garden series – based on Spanish gardens so familiar to the artist – his recent series Twig Arrangement in front of Garden Arrangement and Vase with Twig Arrangement are testament to McLean’s continuing interest in sculptural ideas. The sculptural has always been essential to his art and is particularly evident in the works in the Vase with Twig Arrangement group, in which he chooses his interior ceramics as a motif.
McLean’s paintings are created using a variety of different techniques and materials. The arrangement of branches seems to reference the bold cut-out shapes of Henri Matisse, but the modernist master’s art of layering colour on canvas is instead deconstructed and subverted by McLean – a piece of aluminium foil affixed to the painting becomes a leaf or petal once dropped onto the tabletops. McLean, the constant explorer, here explores the possibilities and properties of reflected colour and light.
Opening: Thursday, 28. April 2022, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition dates: Thursday, 28. April – Saturday, 25. June 2022
Special opening for the Gallery Weekend Berlin: Friday, 29. April – 11 am – 9 pm; Saturday, 30. April, Sunday, 1. May – 11 am – 7 pmTo the Gallery
Image caption title: Bruce McLean, Untitled (The Black Garden Paintings), 2009, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 171,5 x 152,4 cm
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