Cruise & Callas are pleased to present the fi rst solo exhibition of Dominik Steiner. In his show “Totipotent”, Steiner is showing abstract painting and sculpture.
Dominik Steiner’s work shows a strong relationship to the artist’s self-image since the beginning of classic modern art. Sandro Bocola wrote in his art historical paper “The Art of the Modern” about Kandinsky and his contemporaries:
“In their non-objective works the unity of the sensual and the spiritual is neither proclaimed nor depicted as symbol, metaphor or allegory, but can rather be experienced directly. The essence of Modern Art arose in this change.”
Naturally Steiner doesn’t simply work on the basis of this defi nition after the fact, it is also at the core of his outlook. Steiner neither wants to tell stories, nor return to or comment on something. On the contrary his works show themselves to be free of overloaded ambiguities and celebrate a return to individual artistic expression.
Steiner achieves this and more through reduction, as we know it from artists from the 50s and 60s - the colour field painting of Barnett Newman, Ad Reinhardt and Frank Stella and others. The framework of tradition appears to open up an area in which the search for the perfect picture, far away from secondary expectations and demands, again seems possible.
In “Totipotent” Steiner shows a canvas in Pollock’s style, stripe paintings and monochrome views with sparingly employed basic elements. Blue, grey and black dominate in these works, the paint sometimes applied very liquid and thin, sometimes with impasto. Almost all canvases, which are only mounted after completion, are worked on from both sided. There are also sculptures to see in the exhibition: the plaster piece “Toroso” at fi rst glance sits on a coarsely carpentered stand, but then shows itself, like all of Steiner’s works, to be exceedingly fi nely and precisely formed.
Alongside this Steiner has assembled a formation of chairs – these are part of an edition that Steiner has produced for the exhibition (edition of 15). A further edition is being released for the exhibition: paper works from Dominik Steiner, ink on cloth (14 x 19cm, edition of 20). Price of editions on request.