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Opening / Event Date:
27 May, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
3 September, 2016
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Massimo De Carlo is pleased to present Förg: the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong by the German artist Günther Förg.

The works in this exhibition mark a period of time in the artist’s life where he abandoned minimalism and Köln School structuralist inspired rigour to pursue the quest of pure abstraction, focusing on the painterly gesture, the brushstroke and spatiality. These experiments on abstraction translate into art the selection of thoughts around the notions of fragmentation and totality that have generated these canvases.

Förg focuses on a series of works on canvas that the artist commenced in 2007 where the element of colour, which the artist has investigated throughout his practice and expressed via different media, is key. The canvases in the exhibition are filled by a series of semi rectangular shapes, on a white background, that appear like islands of colours composed by scribbled lines, each shape in a different colour, varying from light pastel tones to bright and darker shades. The vibrant colour palette of these works allows colour itself to partially overcome the ever importance of the logical shapes, grids, squares, lines – a constant in Günther Förg’s work – conferring to the canvases an ethereal, almost fairy tale like character. Through these shapes, Günther Förg combines the delicacy of the painterly gesture with the raging naïveté of doodles and scribbles, a contrast between the fragile and also uneasy movement and the meditative yet firm quality of the work.

Each canvas appears as an instant of its own, which does not necessarily have a purpose or a consequence if not that of enchanting and trapping the viewer in a sort of personal synaesthesia, relatable to both the particular and the universal. Förg offers a precious insight on the relationship each of us shares between the mind and the notion of colour, balanced between whimsicality and self-consciousness. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the estate of Günther Förg.

Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
3d Floor Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
From May 27th, 2016 until September 3rd
Open Monday to Saturday, 10:30am – 7.00pm

T. +852.2613.8062
E. [email protected]


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