Janaina Tschäpe: Halbschatten

28 Jun 2018 – 2 Sep 2018

Catherine Bastide

Brussels Airport, Belgium


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Halbschatten (Penumbra) brings together Janaina Tschäpe's works on canvas and paper in which light and darkness interact through two approaches to painting.


In line with her previous work ( Morning Light, Wasserspiegel, Juju in the Swamp ), the artist's painting arises from an experience of nature that expands to express atmospheric landscapes. Janaina Tschäpe explores the sensations of her own memory to materialize her recollection of experience of nature, and the emotion of converting it to gestures.

This gives rise to a monumental gestural painting, where casein is applied in successive layers on a canvas, where lush and delicate shapes are drawn in pencil. These superimposed layers create transparent units, infiltrated by drawing, allowing us to perceive the micro-events, flow of emotions and times of the act of remembering. Equally, a unified environment comes from the interaction of shapes, and a scene occurs. Thus the experience of light is offered to the viewer, the light of a dazzling morning or the light one senses in the dark, refracted light that spreads and gives of itself. From these effects grow impressions of weightlessness and weight, or humidity.

Janaina Tschäpe's recent works ( White Light V, Study II, Study II) mark the evolution of her practice towards a more conceptual approach, in which she begins to be interested in white paint. The techniques were used, the drawings were created first and the paint is applied to the embryonic pencil shape. The paint is becoming an active medium, taking on color and spreading it across the canvas or revealing its differences. This is done in the pursuit of the idea of ​​painting with the color white, and it is recommended that it should be recalls the artist's previous work.

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