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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Tomma Abts

Tomma Abts
paintings by Tomma Abts... excellent Tomma Abts review by Adrian Searle...

Tomma Abts

Tomma Abts

Tomma Abts
from another article by Adrian Searle - "Tomma Abts' small paintings look as though they belong to some forgotten, between-the-wars European abstract movement, yet she has said that what excites her is the idea of work so unplaceable that it might point to the "art of the future". Her paintings are a peculiar balance of ornament and rigour, and demonstrate less a pictorial logic than illogical intuition. How can the inexpressive be so elegiac? At their best they are strange meditations on meaninglessness and emptiness."

Tomma Abts

Tomma Abts
this is the newest... from this year. i'm happy to see it on the brick wall like this, because the presentation is similar to what i'm doing for my next BIG UPCOMING SHOW!! can't say anymore... it is TOP SECRET! i am still in negotiations.

more Tomma Abts paintings on my flickr set.

17 comments:

carla said...

"These are unbelievable!", she exclaimed, as her jaw hit the floor.

Max Rence said...

These works are great. I like especially the silver painting. It has a wonderful texture.

n.s. said...

Is Small the new Big? I kinda like. Part of me really wants to know just how small they are, though... postcard, 8x10, or whathaveyou... and I like how it's not strictly a tape-job, there's shadows and texture-play going on.

carla said...

They are photographed well, too.

martin said...

n.s. - i think all of her work is the same size, 48x38 centimeters. it occured to me looking at my own stuff last night and thinking about hers.. that all her stuff is vertical and mine is all horizontal or square. maybe i should try a vertical. maybe THAT'S THE TICKET!!

carla - yes, they are photographed very well. i've stopped photographing(or having photographed) my bigger paintings, it is TOO expensive and almost never comes out worth the money.

some of my best big paintings of recent years haven't been photographed.. too much money to rent a vehicle to transport them to a photographer and then pay the photographer and then make the frigging dupes.... hundreds and hundreds of dollars. i'm so sick of it.

i am scanning my smaller paintings though. looks pretty good, and it is free!

Anonymous said...

how the fuck is it a good thing to be stuck between the wars?

I feel like a downtrodden communist when I look at these

n.s. said...

Anonymous, you have but one clear and simple solution: You need to make your own wars.

Anonymous said...

whatevs ^_-

Dennis Matthews said...

by the way where are these?

Bill Gusky said...

At their best they are strange meditations on meaninglessness and emptiness.

I like their subtlety. They ride the irregular edge where resonant, perhaps even spiritual emptiness is in danger of lapsing into mere emptiness, and for me sometimes they stumble over. It's a risky game, very dry but ultimately redeeming.

beq said...

Nice, Martin. And thanks for the link to the review.

re photographs: a masonry nail in a dark wall on the north works for me. Natural light is the best. Oh, and a 35mm camera.

carla said...

Martin,
You are getting bitch-slapped over on PaintersNYC today.

martin said...

yay! i'm on paintersnyc!

carla said...

Congratulations! and duck and cover :-)

Cooky Blaha said...

hold the fort down.
yoroshiku onegaishimasuuuuuuuuuu

Anonymous said...

Notice how all her works seem to be based upon the swastika - well, once a German always a German!

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