moproo is very proud to introduce the very first solo exhibition in Shanghai by German Artist Marc Schmitz.
In this exhibition, the artist presents a wide range collection of works, among them, the most recent paintings that have been completed at the Shanghai Peace Art Hotel, where he has been a resident artist for the last months of 2012.
The show includes a series of large size paintings created for the residency together with a five meter long Mongolian camel hair knotted ‘braid’ work, a neon wall work and a series of monotypes.
With his non-representational paintings, Marc Schmitz takes a position emphatically distinguished from the prevailing trends in current painting and, at the same time, picks up a tradition that started at the beginning of the last century and has evoked controversial disputes up to the present.
The artist is mostly interested in the openness of the space and the presence of the non-duality. It is a space where exchanges (the effect of cancellation via identical values) create a flattening of the hierarchical status of objects, suggesting a return to a featureless and primary space.
By being utterly absent of narrative elements and by presenting the temporary references in a concise and fragile manner -while defenselessly fending off conventional meaning- his paintings reveal balance as an all-over reference of his oeuvre. In this approach he seeks for the source of paintings, like Mehta-images that seem to return to their point of departure, in an almost physical understanding of the body as paint, canvas as skin, and the motion that resonates to notion