Gabriel Vormstein "Baby ABC"

Casey Kaplan

poster for Gabriel Vormstein "Baby ABC"

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Vormstein’s interest in exploring the relationship between figuration and abstraction began under the teachings of Andreas Slominski and Silvia Bächli at the Staatlichen Academy in Karlsruhe, where he graduated in 2001.
Inspired by an adoration of art history, specifically symbolic, romantic gestures and Modernism, Vormstein looks to Schiele. The quality of line that caresses each female body resurrects the late, young artist. In this exhibition, the ground onto which the women take form and the medium that flows from their clothes, hair and makeup is where the drama unfolds. Vormstein believes that it is important to re-examine the lessons of Modernism. By redrawing the figures, he is capturing the body as an abstract shape that can be filled with new choices of color and medium, in his case the ground of newspapers, particularly the mechanical text of the financial pages. For the past ten years, Vormstein has worked with newspaper and other transient, organic, and “poor” materials, reminiscent of Arte Povera. His paintings have catalogued days, moments in time, and fleeting histories through the text and images that adorn his chosen ‘canvases’.



from April 02, 2010 to May 01, 2010

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