It is the joy of colour and its combination, as we know it from looking at beautiful carpets, that Sibylla Dumke calls forth in her work. A grid structure assembled from triangles is typical of the artist’s abstract paintings, whose planes Dumke paints in vibrant colour. The style of composition can appear almost coarse, but proves itself to be just as delicately employed as the colour.
Carpets are actually a source of inspiration for Dumke. The patterns “of ancient African carpets
spontaneously break up and suddenly head off in other directions. They are not like machinemade
objects, but rather with human spontaneity and an idea or intuition (for which a machine can
provide no substitute),” says Dumke.
At the same time Dumke’s works are interested in the contrast of the abstract-architectonic city,
with all its geometric forms, and again its seemingly chaotic nature. Her way of working and colour
combinations consequently appear in no way garish, gaudy or slick. Instead, artifi cial neon tones
appear next to the sombre colours of nature, from earth, autumn and sky.
On close inspection humour is unmistakeable in the works of Katja Strunz, which address decay in various ways. Writing in the artist‘s catalogue about the sculpture „Yesterday‘s Echos“ (2006) and the video piece of the same name and year, the American writer Suzanne Hudson describes this quality aptly:
„For this work Strunz assembles a crowd of small fi gures, who are oddly made up of metal parts,
ashtrays and candlesticks. Simultaneously bringing the tinny sounds of marching music together
with the crowd, she sets the piece after a fashion in motion. Shortly afterwords follow taller figures,
into which Strunz incorporates musical instruments.“
At Cruise & Callas Strunz is showing an installation and a sculpture which are both in the same
line as this work.