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Michael Conrads | Irresolute - Resolved

18.08.16 - 15.09.16

 

 

Irresolute-Resolved is the result of six months of work in MARSO’s residency program. The exhibition is conceived as a pictorial and spacial parkour: colourful shapes intertwine in isometric perspective and saturate the canvas, mutating into abstract pieces and airy repetitive patterns.  In the broad spectrum of Conrads visual work, what prevails is an intricate and exhaustive exploration of perception.

For almost ten years Michael Conrads has been visiting Mexico, intrigued by the mysticism of shamanic practices and the use of hallucinogens like mescaline by certain indigenous groups.  Other sources of inspiration in his works come from novels and films by Jorodovsky, Mathias Goeritz’s color palette, Barragán’s architecture, and the exuberance of Pedro Friedeberg’s works. Additionally, places like Edward James’s Las Pozas in Xilitla and the chaos of Mexico City’s urban environment have had a profound impact on Conrads's artistic practice.

In this exhibition Michael mixes a Huichol and mexican folkloric aesthetic with visual effects that refer to works by other German painters like Gerard Richter or Sigmar Polke.  Further experimenting with the traditional and the unconventional, his silkscreens on glass and watercolours on paper accompany oils and acrylics on canvas which are layered with bits of spray paint and cardboard. Finished works are always unfinished, remaining in constant evolution. The unfinished quality of Conrads's artwork is spun from the multiplicity of his formal references and the use of visual and technical hybrids to create each of these pieces.

 

 Rubik City2014. 

Mixed media on paper and canvas 

255 x 180 cm - 100.4’’ x 70.9’’ 

 

 Desorden & progreso2016.

Acrylic, oil, spray, shellac and pigment on linen 

240 x 300 cm - 94.5’’ x 118’’ 

 

Vista de la instalación

Ghostbuster IV2016.

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

Ghostbuster VI2016. 

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

 Resuelto Irresoluto (Die Lösung ist einfach, wenn man sie kennt), 2016.

Acrylic, oxide pigment and chinese ink on canvas 

190 x 150 cm - 74.8’’ x 59.1’’ 

Ghostbuster V, 2016.

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

Ghostbuster III2016.

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

Ghostbuster IV2016.

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

Ghostbuster VI2016. 

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

 

Ghostbuster IV2016.

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

Ghostbuster VI2016. 

Acryl on canvas 

80 x 60 cm - 31.5’’ x 23.6’’ 

 

Endless nameless, 2016. 

Acrylic, vinyl, oil and spray on canvas 

190 x 150 cm - 74.8’’ x 59.1’’ 

Saint-Tropez, 2016.

Acrylic, vinyl, oil, spray, shellac and pigment on canvas 

190 x 150 cm - 74.8’’ x 59.1’’ 

 

Traces of whisper, 2016. 

Acrylic, spray, vinyl and oil on canvas 

190 x 150 cm - 74.8’’ x 59.1’’ 

 

Vortex painting (VORTEX), 2016.

Watercolour, acrylic, varnish, spray, pigment and shellacon cavans 

180 x 180 cm - 70.9’’ x 70.9’’ 

Vortex painting II (AERIAL), 2016.

Watercolour, acrylic, varnish, spray, pigment and shellacon cavans 

180 x 180 cm - 70.9’’ x 70.9’’ 

 

Ways - Propuestas para una revolución estética2016.

Silkscreen print on dyed canvas - 3 unique pieces

170 x 120 cm - 70.9’’ x 47.2’’  each

Ways - Propuestas para una revolución estética2016.

Silkscreen print on glass - 3 unique pieces

170 x 120 cm - 70.9’’ x 47.2’’