Christopher Wool

Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2007
With a text by Friedrich Meschede

‘Since 2001 his works seem to try and wipe out everything that preceded them. Pictures of nothingness. If the word paintings were marked by pitch-black forms that appeared haptically modelled from printer's ink, Christopher Wool now uses the physical dissolution of colour for his compositions. With a colourless solvent, he thins the paint paste down to a liquid consistency that he blurs even further into the transparency, as if he wanted to erase whatever still remains visible. Behind this process of erasure and dissolution is a gesture which could suggest to the viewer that Christopher Wool was acting with a certain amount of aggression, as if in denying to paint a readable picture he wanted to quickly and immediately wipe away any possibility of an idea behind the image at all. The process of painting becomes an eloquent expression of erasure, and the areas of obliteration evident in every part of the painting simultaneously become the expression of an attitude – to make something visible invisible.’

F. Meschede, ‘The nothingness before nothing’, in Christopher Wool, exh. cat., Berlin: Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, 2007, p. 34

Publisher: Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications
Text: Friedrich Meschede
Publication date: 2007
Binding: Hardcover
Dimensions: 31.6 x 30.3 x 1.1 cm
Pages: 39
ISBN: 978-3-935567-42-8

€ 45.00€ 36.00

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