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Lina Sommer

2 - 1 - 0

09 01 2020 — 23 02 2020
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Why does it feel so familiar looking at Lina Sommer’s work cycle? A canny familiarity. But why is it so difficult to pin point? Her work thrives from this strange in-between-moment of unutterable awareness of its language. The space filling sheets of paper are reworked with China ink and watercolor using various tools such as sponges, pipettes and brushes while traces of water are used as a first sketch or drawing of what is going to happen. Her works are lively surfaces that expand beyond their given flatness into obscure valleys, mountains and plains. Little tears in the pigment look like precise lines, resembling topographic formations or dried out leather. Through the layered working process each new application of color becomes an experiment of unexpected results and details that are to be explored within these immersive structures.

Sommer follows a distinct narrative approach in her artistic process, each show bringing to light a new story or cycle as she would call it. Here in the installation, lines of color overlap and trespass from one sheet to another while the imagery grows in size and volume, giving an idea of a beginning and an end. But what’s the story to be told?

2 – 1 – 0” is best understood, or comprehended by an emotional approach. Each of its pieces plays with a strong contrast of light and shadow, color and paper. But there is also the minuscule ones evoking emotional responses. While Sommer plays with themes like permeance, diffluence, flow, wet and dry, she catches more then just the rhythm of herself working, more then just a play with colors. The blue one strangely feels like the sky, even though it does not look like it. The black one like a cold winter evening, but it is too bright. The green and red one like a walk through a forest in the summer time, but there are no trees. Sommer’s work contains a deep lyrical energy, that she channels onto the paper. A strange and refreshing contrast for a painterly working habit.

Elif Saydam

Selfing

05 03 2020 — 26 04 2020

Reading with Lina Sommer

23 02 2020 — 23 02 2020

Lina Sommer

2 - 1 - 0

09 01 2020 — 23 02 2020

Tramaine de Senna

Snakes in Paradise

07 11 2019 — 05 01 2020

Unttld Contemporary

Exit II (Prolog)

08 04 2019 — 12 04 2019

Marie Munk

A Nice Day for a Run

11 01 2019 — 10 02 2019

Patrick Fabian Panetta

CAFE DURBAN

01 12 2018 — 05 01 2019

Bertrand Flanet

Colorful Maladies

11 10 2018 — 03 11 2018

Aline Bouvy & Nicolas Pelzer

Late Dawn

10 05 2018 — 03 06 2018

Edition

BOX THREE

25 04 2018 — 28 04 2018

Luca Trevisani

Hot

24 03 2018 — 22 04 2018

Benjamin Brett

Orrlando

19 01 2018 — 18 03 2018

Jonathan Monk

Name Used To Fill Space

09 11 2017 — 14 01 2018

Joachim Coucke

Strength in Numbers

07 09 2017 — 01 10 2017

Edition

BOX TWO

08 05 2017 — 08 05 2017

Zuzanna Czebatul

Away

10 03 2017 — 02 04 2017

Klaus Kleine

Elephant in the Dark

26 01 2017 — 28 02 2017

Amy Ball

Third Eye Blind

14 10 2016 — 29 10 2016

Atlas Economy

Don't Dust

31 08 2016 — 30 09 2016

DSCTHK

Up Close, Nothing Personal

09 07 2016 — 28 08 2016

Misael Soto

Solo Show

28 06 2016 — 06 07 2016

Edition

BOX ONE

17 05 2016 — 31 05 2016

Anders Clausen

Straight Lines

31 03 2016 — 01 05 2016

Patrick Fabian Panetta

SCALE OF RATING

02 02 2016 — 06 03 2016

Paul Czerlitzki / Piotr Łakomy

20 11 2015 — 04 12 2015

Ellen Yeon Kim

Within Our Time

15 10 2015 — 31 10 2015

Joshua Sex

Ass's Bite

01 09 2015 — 04 10 2015

Compliance / Non-Compliance

23 07 2015 — 09 08 2015