AboutElisabeth Sonneckâs paintings investigate the engenderment of the individual colour tones as coloured reciprocities. Both evolve within her paintings through a procedural modus operandi. Broad, orthogonally executed brushstrokes give rise to complex reticulations of coloured consanguinities. Manifold superimpositions, repositionings and intermittent traversals of the colour swathes effectuate contrasting coloured fringes and subtle lines as well as large, polychromic structured superficies. Within the paintings of Elisabeth Sonneck, fluid colours, corporal and manual movement, and the resultantly tangible rhythms of colour cause an immediate unity. Conceptual elements such as the invariable quadratic format, the employment of uniformly broad paintbrushes, and the predominant realisation of works in sets of three are of an enthralling contrariety to the vibrant, differentiated colours organised in free rhythms. Within this dynamic, the coincidental is also involved in the spreading and stratification of the semi-transparent swathes of colour.
By contrast, the spatially-orientated work of Elisabeth Sonneck is predicated upon formal concepts that are the eventuality of the respective spatial dimensions. Therefore, the given space officiates not as an extended image carrier in the sense of being a cyclopean format, but is rather an autonomous dialogue partner and constitutive confrere. The determination of the colour arises from the spatial sensation, which is effectuated by the colours and light of the site as well as by the scintilla ceded by the uses and history of the environment.
The exhibition at Galerie Andrieu encompasses works on canvas, an environmental painting and an installation in a small former bakery.
Over the past few years Elisabeth Sonneck has thematised the emergence of colour tones and reciprocities not only within her work on canvas, but has particularly done so in her colour-space environments. Her large-format paintings on walls and in-situ colour installations, which deal with specific spatial and light situations, have been shown in public spaces as well as galleries and project rooms in Germany, Poland, Austria and the Netherlands. Elisabeth Sonneck lives and works in Berlin.
Artist talk: with Dr. Anne Marie Freyboug, September 24, 2009, 7.30 PM