Grit Richter Viewing room

“I consider the abstract forms in my work as a representative and projection surface for ’emotions & relations’, which form the intersection of individual and collective experience.“

– Grit Richter

Grit Richter

Mixed Feelings
September 11 – October 31, 2020

Grit Richter explores the representation of a collective human memory: an innately understood set of gestures and feelings that cannot be quantified or measured. Her multi-disciplinary practice of painting, sculpture, murals and textile work unites in a system of intuitive abstract forms and figurations.

 

Foremost a painter, she uses oils on stretched linen and fabric to create her anthropomorphic abstract forms. Experimentation is an important part of her practice and led Richter to create her unique technique of dying and bleaching black denim fabric onto which she paints and sculpts with. The result is the deeply textured elements that bend, fold and contrast in both foregrounds and backgrounds.

Grit Richter

Die innere Sicherheit, 2020
Oil on linen
210 x 160 cm

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Grit Richter

The Other Side, 2020
Oil on linen
125 x 100 cm

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Grit Richter

The Other Side, 2020
Oil on linen
125 x 100 cm

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Grit Richter

As Long As You Are Here, 2020
Oil on linen
140 x 110 cm

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Grit Richter

As Long As You Are Here, 2020
Oil on linen
140 x 110 cm

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Grit Richter

Die kleine Weile, 2020
Oil on linen
110 x 90 cm

€ 12.000,00 (VAT not included)

Mixed Feelings refers to the multitudinous combinations of contradictory emotions that can be felt at any one time. In both their singularity and plurality, those mixed emotions, such as longing, hatred, love, fear, loneliness, frustration, shame and joy, constitute the substructures of identity and the complex diversity of human nature.

 

It is these undefinable emotions that Richter formalises in her distinctive visual language in an exhibition that activates the whole gallery with new paintings, sculptures, neon and mural works. Richter’s abstraction moves closer to figuration as her forms acquire ever more representational elements such as limbs and hands: as two shapes intertwine in the painting Die innere Sicherheit (2020), a lone arm and hand opens the mood of their embrace to many readings.

 

The dark, gridded dimensions in her paintings form the habitats in which the painted figures are set. Reminiscent of early computer graphics, they arouse a more recent collective memory as they gently recall the beginning of a world created from binary code that is now so much a part of our daily lives.

Mixed Feelings
Installation view at Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

“The last few months have been a real challenge in every respect, but also a gift from which strong ideas for new work have emerged. For example, a new group of soft sculptures has developed – the Fatigue Moms. They humorously illuminate the general theme of parental exhaustion, which of course has taken on a new relevance since the pandemic. I had been planning to start a new cycle of soft sculptures for quite some time; the lockdown and the resulting challenges have finally given the decisive impulse for the creation of the Fatigue Moms.”

– Grit Richter

Grit Richter

Fatigue Mom (01), 2020
Foam, plush fabric, sheet steel
90 x 133 x 45 cm

 

€ 16.000,00 (VAT not included)

Grit Richter

Fatigue Mom (02), 2020
Stretch velvet, fleece, foam, siliconized fiber balls,
wood and styrofoam
105 x 83 x 83 cm

€ 16.000,00 (VAT not included)

Grit Richter

Fatigue Mom (03), 2020
Foam, stretch and latex
15 x 115 x 170 cm

€ 18.000,00 (VAT not included)

Richter addresses in particular the theme of motherhood in a number of works created after the pandemic lockdown. Its intense and sometimes conflicting emotions, challenges and the strong connection between mother and child find form in fabric covered sculptures. All with disproportionally long and thin limbs, the figures contrast in almost every other respect. The flat oblong pink body of Fatigue Moms (01) (2020) reclines on the floor and is both exhausted but also contorted into a posture that suggests the provision of a seat, as a mother often does for her child. Fatigue Moms (02)’s (2020) bulbous red velvet silhouette evokes a prehistoric fertility figurine whose sturdy but soft form implies security and comfort. Resembling a small mattress slumped against the wall, Fatigue Moms (03) (2020), has no energy left for composure or comportment and simply sags in momentary defeat.

 

Mixed Feelings
Installation view at Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Grit Richter

A Tiny Little Bit, 2020
Oil and bleach on fabric on denim
80 x 50 cm

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Mixed Feelings
Installation view at Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Grit Richter

Home | 2020, 2020
4-part neon system, stray field transformer, silicone cable, silicione caps,
plexiglass tube holder
110 x 85 cm
Edition of 5 + 1 AP

€ 12.000,00 (VAT not included)

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