Christopher Grimes Gallery will present new works on canvas and an installation by Katharina Grosse from March 5 to April 9, 2005. A reception will be held for the artist on Saturday, March 5 from 6 to 8 PM. The gallery is located at 916 Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica.
Katharina Grosse’s radical approach to painting is in a constant state of evolution. Departing from her earlier work, the site-specific paintings tend to transform everything in their path which might include articles of fabric, books, eggs, completely furnished domestic settings, and large canvases propped against walls. The function of these objects become neutralized as the painting moves rhythmically from room to room, organically expanding to conceal doors, ceilings, and windows.
Evoking the spontaneity of common street graffiti with the sensibility of the modern colorist, Grosse’s application is assertive and her palette bold. She explores consistency, transparency, and contrast of color while experimenting with technique and painting gestures in both her site-specific works and her independent works on canvas.
Born in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany in 1961, Grosse lives and works in Berlin and is currently on residency in New Zealand. She has been commissioned by institutions throughout the world including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Magasin 3, Stockholm; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; and the Artsonje Museum Kyongju, Korea. Her work was included in the 2002 Bienal de São Paulo and the 11th Biennial of Sydney in 1998. This will be her second solo exhibition at the gallery.