Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition in 2007 titled “Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten” featuring works by Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. This is an installation view of the exhibition in 2007 titled “Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten” featuring works by Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. This is an installation view of the exhibition in 2007 titled “Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten” featuring works by Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. This is an installation view of the exhibition in 2007 titled “Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten” featuring works by Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. This is an installation view of the exhibition in 2007 titled “Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten” featuring works by Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. This is an installation view of the exhibition in 2007 titled “Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten” featuring works by Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Works

This is a painting titled Untitled (Blue Painting Light to Dark VIII) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2006. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 63 inches by 53 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Blue Painting Light to Dark X) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2006. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 75 inches and 50 inches. Untitled (Blue Painting Light to Dark IX)This is a sculpture titled Untitled (Blue Painting Light to Dark VI) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2006. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 86 inches and 47 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Blue Painting Light to Dark III) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2006. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 50 inches. This is a painting titled Untitled (Blue Painting Light to Dark I) by artist Mark Grotjahn made in 2005. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 75 inches by 49 inches.

Press Release

Mark Grotjahn

Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten

January 19 –
February 28, 2007

The title of the exhibition is the most concise description of the works on view: Blue Paintings Light to Dark One through Ten. After Mark Grotjahn’s recent solo show of drawings at the Whitney Museum, this is the first presentation of paintings in New York in four years and his second solo show at Anton Kern Gallery.

 

For this body of blue monochrome “butterfly” paintings, Mark Grotjahn primed each one with a layer of radiant orange-red paint. In some cases he added a brush drawing of a mask-like face and thereby, in conjunction with the warm under-color, hinting—almost imperceptibly—at the painter’s larger project: employing a rigorously systematic approach (geometry and monochromatic color) to generate images of remarkable emotional force. Grotjahn then methodically applies rays of blue paint, starting from a central point, one shade of blue per ray, always leaving a vertical strip of blue in the center and along the margins. Light is captured in the texture of the brush strokes following the segments’ radial direction.

 

In what he calls “butterfly” paintings, Grotjahn builds a sensory world, gripped by curiosity and wonder, the visible and the invisible, in which we encounter the specters of modernism, and indeed, in which we find our perception transformed from pure optical sensation into motive power and emotional energy.

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