Gallery INA DEDERER & FRIENDS
contemporary art gallery in the heart of Zurich
March 31st - 18th May
Exhibition Opening March 31st at 6 pm
In abstract or nonfigurative painting, colors and forms create meaning; whereby the absence of figuration may allow for a purer transmission of feelings and ideas. According to Wassily Kandinsky, who was an important figure in the history of abstract painting: “Every work of art is the child of its age, in many cases, the mother of our emotions. It follows that each period of culture produces an art of its own which can never be repeated”. In our new exhibition “Abstract”, we are happy to present four contemporary artists, Alexander Borissov, Ina Dederer, Abraham Danso and Michael Wendel and to encounter their abstract vision of reality.
Alexander Borissov presents his „Schoggi Painting“ – the largest polyptych. Schoggi Painting is made of 12,345 pieces and is believed to be the largest polyptych ever painted on a cotton canvas by a single artist. Schoggi is the Swiss-German word for chocolate. One can bite from a chocolate bar a single piece, or a couple of pieces, and share it or them. The same principle applies to the Schoggi painting – it is intended to be shared by the largest number of people around the world possible. Each piece is numbered, allowing the recipient to trace the identity of his “neighbors”. For the first time in the history of art, we see artwork ownership shared amongst a social network.
Abraham Danso communicates with color materiality, combination and composition. Danso tries to transfer universal and invisible energies onto a canvas. The artist considers the spirit to be a source for art; inspiration and perception are the driving forces allowing for creation to take place through energetic colors and emotions. Through his paintings, Danso sees an opportunity to reach people’s emotions through their souls.
Ina Dederer’s new abstract paintings were inspired by sunrises and sunsets from all over the world. This series shows how the landscape changes with the light, and that every day creates an unique view of nature. Dederer’s paintings combine reality and imagination.
Michael Wendel paints using a technique known as color perspective, established by Liane Collot d’Herbois in the first half of the 20th century. According to the color perspective technique, when light encounters a cold inanimate material, it creates warmth, movement and colors; with the two main colors being red and blue. In the morning, when the sun rises, the world is colored with red tones, and at midday, the sky is endlessly blue. The Swiss-German artist and art therapist Michael Wendel is fascinated with light and darkness, which are the main elements of his paintings.