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Frank Nitsche: I AM SINGLE
Written by KALONSNET Editor   
Published: January 31 2011

Courtesy of the artist and NANZUKA UNDERGROUND
Copyright© Frank Nitsche

Nitsche was born in Görlitz on the outskirts of Dresden in the former East Germany. He attended the Dresden Art Academy, the same school from which Gerhard Richter graduated. Along with his peers at the Academy, including Thomas Scheibitz and Eberhard Havekost, Nitsche has been dubbed part of the Dresden school generation and has received international acclaim as one of the leading artists of contemporary German abstract painting.

Nitsche has said that he himself is unable to project when or how each of his works will reach completion. In some cases, Nitsche spends years adding layer upon layer of oil paint searching for the perfect composition that possesses both subtlety and strength, and colors that strike a beautiful harmony. Although the process is fluid and incidental, the artist's firm quality control guides the piece as it flows toward its point of destination, a sublime place that, like the world of natural sciences, maintains a miraculous balance as intellect and emotion collide. The hidden layers beneath the accumulated applications of paint evoke historical truths that remain unrecognized by mankind. Or perhaps they represent the veil of contemporary progression, masking those truths.

Nitsche's paintings are like a mirror reflecting simultaneously the past, present and future. They are reminiscent of graffiti scrawled across the Berlin Wall that once tore apart East and West Germany, full of raw anger and despair. At another glance, they seem to imagine some yet undiscovered microbe, or perhaps the symbols and charts used in molecular, quantum and other cutting edge sciences. Then again, perhaps they are the traces left behind by extraterrestrial intelligent life forms.

Nitsche has titled this exhibit of new works "I AM SINGLE", yet as has been the case with his past exhibitions, the interpretation of the title is left open to the viewer. It seems almost as if the title is a decoy, to distract from the real context hidden within the works. Meanwhile, Nitsche has publicly revealed within his portfolio the sources of his morphological images in the form of a massive, thoroughly archived collection of photographs. There is a journalistic nature to the collection, revealing finally that the artist is in fact attempting to look beneath the surface of this world.

This exhibition marks Nitsche's second visit to Japan. An opening reception with the artist will take place on February 19th at 18:00. We welcome you to attend.

Frank Nitsche
1964 Born in Görlitz, Germany.
1993 Graduated Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Academy of Fine Arts), Dresden.
1995 Completed graduate studies at Dresden Art Academy.

Recent major solo exhibitions:
2010 "COCKTAILHYBRIDCONCEPT" Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
2007 "Frank Nitsche International" Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg

Recent major group exhibitions:
2006 "Opening Up Art: The View from Here. Rehanging of the permanent collection" Tate Modern, London
2005 "Do it yourself" Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Currently lives in Berlin.

* The text prvided by NANZUKA UNDERGROUND.

Period: February 19 - March 19, 2011
Opening reception: February 19, 2011, 18:00 -

Last Updated on February 19 2011

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