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Gudrun Mertes-Frady

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Birthplace
Cologne

Lives in
Brooklyn, New York

Works in
Brooklyn, New York

Tags
abstract, painting, minimalism

Statement

Artist Statement


As a timeless organizing principle, geometry is the underlying matrix or architecture of all my work. I am drawn to its symmetry and quasi-symmetry and the limitless potential to create my own world.

My work is about clarity and structure, pared down to essential forms. In my recent paintings, I use metallic pigments, like aluminum and graphite. I also use mica particles mixed with my colors to affect a kinetic quality of illusory motion depending from which angle the work is seen.

Some of the mica particles are coated with highly refractive titanium oxide, producing a dual effect when viewed from different sides. Combination with other colors results in the interference of light waves.

I’m very interested to explore physical fact and psychic affect of color and form with this process. I work toward the instant the painting has its own center, its own logic, physically and intellectually.

Most of all I want my work to be about deceleration, in the spirit of the works by Olafur Eliasson and the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, as a counter point to the ever accelerating whirl of our time, in which our lives seem trapped.  There is one more thing of importance to me: I’m going blatantly for a sense of beauty.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014            Michael Trierweiler Contemporary Art, Weimar, Germany

2013            Mark Wolf Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2010            Piquion+Trierweiler, Weimar, Germany

2010            ART Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany

2010            Piquion+Trierweiler, Weimar, Germany

2009            Maud Piquion, Berlin, Germany

2009            Cynthia-Reeves, New York, NY

2007            Reeves-Contemporary, New York, NY

2007            Spheris Gallery, Hanover, New Hampshire

2005            Reeves-Contemporary, New York, NY

2003            Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

2002            Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

2000            Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

1999            Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

1997            Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

1995            Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

1994            Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY

1991            Galerie Lommel, Cologne-Leverkusen, Germany

1988            Galerie Lommel, Cologne-Leverkusen, Germany

1987            Stark Gallery, New York, NY

1987            Wright Gallery, Dallas, TX

1986            Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

1984            Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

1983            Ivonne Seguy Gallery, New York NY

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014            Paper Show, Janet Kurnatokowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014            Slideshow Nation, Slideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013            Slideshow Nation, Slideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012            “Paper Bands”, Jason MCCoy Gallery, New York, NY

2012            Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

2012            “Mic : Check”, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011            Mark Wolf Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2011            “Divergent Affinities”, Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 

2010            ART-Karlsruhe, Gemany

2009            ART-Chicago, ILL

2008            James Cohan Gallery , Nuture Art Benefit, , New York, NY

2008            80 Washington Square Galleries “Small Works Show”, NYC

2007            Reeves-Contemporary, New York, NY

2005            Spheris Gallery, Hanover, New Hampshire

2003            A Common Thread, Hennepin County Government Center,    Saint Paul, MN

2002   Here is New York, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC

Here is New York, Les Recontres d'Arles, Arles, France

Here is New York, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

Here is New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Here is new York, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago. IL

Here is New York, University of California, Berkley, CA

2001            Synopsis, Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

2001            Art 2001, e1 Gallery, London, England

2000            Sunsigns, Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

2000            (un)resolved, Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, New York, NY

1996            Art Initiative Gallery, New York, NY Group exhibition, curated by Stephen Rosenberg

1994            Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY Summer Solstice, curatedby Fran Kaufman

1993            The Drawing Center, New York, NY "Cadavre Exquis"

1993            Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY "The Tenth Summer"

1992            Artspace, New York, "NY Painting," curated by Ursula Dievenich

1992            Werner Kramarsky Collection, New York, NY

1991            Jamison-Thomas Gallery, New York, NY, "Compulsion"

1991            Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY, "Paper Trail," curated by Fran Kaufman

1990            Stark Gallery, New York, NY, "Four Painters"

1990            Stephen Rosenberg Gallery, New York, "Surface and Light," curated by Fran Kaufman

1990            The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA, "Painting"

1989            The Drawing Center, New York, NY, "Selection 47"

1989            Straus Gallery, New York, NY

1989            Kenneth Allen Gallery, New York, NY

1988            German Consulate, New York, NY, "Two Painters"

1987            Stark Gallery, New York, NY, "Black and white"

1986            Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, "The New Humanism," curated by Eric Stark

1985            Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY

1984            Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, NY

1984            Concordia College of Art, NY, Invitational exhibition

 

Selected Public Collections

The Busch Reisinger Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

The Rockefeller University, New York, NY

Werner Kramarsky Collection, New York, NY

Universal Music, London, England

Collection American Embassy in Dubai, UAE

Collection at Coventry, Fort Washington, PA

Cohen & Lord, Santa Monica, CA

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Minneapolis, MN

Kurt Solomon Associates International

Princess Cruise Lines, Los Angeles,CA (commission)

Thomas Weisel Partners, NYC

Selected Bibliography

2009  Martin Stolzenberg, TLZ, Weimar, Germany, December 9

2009  Andrea Hilgenstock, Die Welt, Berlin, Germany,Novemvember 17

2009  Jens Hindrichsen, Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin, Germany, November 3

2007  Constance Wyndham, Artnews, May

2007  Mario Naves, Catalogue Essay, Reeves-Contemporary

2007  Joseph Wallentini, Review, Abstract Art On Line, April

2004  Edward Leffingwell, Art in America, May

2003  Ann Landi, ARTnews, December

2003  Mario Naves, New York Observer, October 1

2002  Lilly Wei, Catalog Essay, Rosenberg+Kaufman Fine Art, NYC

2000  Ken Johnson, The New York Times, November 3

2000  Joseph Wallentini, Review, Abstract Art on Line, November

1999  Joseph Wallentini, Artist Profile, Abstract Art on Line, June

1999  Jeannie Wilkinson, Catalogue Essay, Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, NYC

1999  Joseph Wallentini, Artist Profile, Abstract Art on Line, June

1997  Lissa McClure, Review Magazine

1997  Arlene Raven, Catalog Essay, Rosenberg+Kaufman Fine Art, NYC

Recent Exhibits

Gudrun Mertes-Frady participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2014 PAPERAZZI 3
Janet Kurnatowski Gallery
 
Jan, 2013 ADVENTURE / CHANCE
Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art
 
Jul, 2012 Paper Band
Jason McCoy Gallery
 
Nov, 2011 GUDRUN MERTES-FRADY
Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art
 
Jul, 2010 Element editions
Element editions
 
Dec, 2009 MINDSCAPE
Michael Trierweiler, Weimar
 
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