Large-scale Narrative Minimalism, 2011-2014
2011 was my last year studying Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In the years prior I was in the classes of Harun Farocki and Daniel Richter, and had returned to the class of Gunter Damisch (who initially accepted my application to study there).
I started experimenting with large-scale paintings that would mostly focus on one monolithic visuality. The idea was to use some sort of “force of painting” by using an unusual physicality (the actual format of the pieces) to produce works that are emotionally open and ambiguous, while still creating a very specific, “verbindliche” atmosphere or feeling. Narrative minimalism.
These works were colorful within their mostly monochromatic way, detail-obsessed, and established a specific usage of visuality-beyond-predefined-symbols that I keep referring to.
These paintings were originally made for my diploma.
Works of thes series were exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna and at my first solo exhibition at Galerie Frey (Vienna), at Galerie Voss (Düsseldorf), Galerie Schloss Parz and at Kunstverein Mistelbach.
Jennie Dear, What It Feels Like To Die