MAY 15 - JUNE 13 2010 / 0515 - 06132010

Opening reception: May 15 2010. 5pm - 9pm at stage候台BACK.

开幕酒会:2010515日晚上5--9点,stage候台BACK.



Franca Bartholomäi‘s woodcuts are unique within German contemporary art. In no other artistic oeuvre isthe tradition and iconography of the woodcut combined with romantic and psychedelic motifs from the 19thand 20th centuries, forming images of such expressive power. The viewer feels himself involuntarilyreminded of Albrecht Dürer, of the woodcut series of expressionism, of a German art tradition in the bestsense of the word, which has been interiorized by Franca Bartholomäi. In her ‘Night and dream pieces’ theartist unfolds references to space and time, which were already incorporated into the style of the graphicgenre by Dürer. Out of contrasts and contours, forms and episodes arise which open up far much more than themere physically perceivable world to our observation. . Perhaps this is one of the components of the magicinduced by these images made out of interlocking hemispheres and events, that they are cut out of one andthe same wood block, from whose hatchings and notches alone their ethereal identity is drawn.

 

There is also a second woodcut tradition, spanning from the late gothic right up to expressionism, to whichFranca Bartholomäi sure-footedly connects. The traditions of so-called “black romanticism”, whichcan be observed in the ramifications of Franz Kafka’s or of the filmmaker David Lynch’s work. To theseFranca Bartholomäi’s oeuvre is indebted, more than to the surrealistic and symbolic programs of the 20thcentury. Her pictures are illustrations of an imaginative tale, of an unwritten text. And in this dimension too  her work is an avowal of faith towards the origins and the strangeness of the woodcut.

 

Jacob Burckhardt says in his essay on narrative painting that: the picture “ought to induce through its artisticforce such a mood from the outset that one would expect the Utmost “. Voilà! Here is an artist — shefulfills his criterion.

 

Text by Manon Bursian


在德国当代艺术领域中,法兰卡巴塞洛缪洛梅的作品可谓是一枝独秀。木版画的传统与1920世纪浪漫迷幻的艺术元素天衣无缝地结合在了一起,呈现出众多富有表现力的图画,这在其他艺术作品集中是极少出现的。看到它们,观者就不禁会想起阿尔布雷希特丢勒,想起木版画表现主义系列作品,以及德国艺术的一大传统。她的作品《夜与梦的片段》表现出一种时间与空间的关系,这种手法最初是由丢勒带到版画艺术中的,法兰卡则把这种手法演绎得淋漓尽致。通过对比和色调明暗的表现,一个个人们平时可感知但却无法用眼睛看见的轮廓、形象和情节就跃然而出了。仅仅只是一块木板,仅仅只是凹痕和阴影,却能将错综复杂的故事和犹抱琵琶半遮面的形象完整地刻画出来,或许这就是法兰卡版画作品的神奇之所在。

 

同样,法兰卡巴尔托洛梅还是承继哥特式晚期到表现主义初期的版画艺术第二大传统的当之无愧的代表。如果要追问究竟是什么对弗兰卡的作品影响至深,答案并不是20世纪的超现实主义和象征主义,而是弗兰茨卡夫卡或是电影导演大卫林奇的黑色浪漫主义作品。她的版画是对一则富于想象力的故事、一段未写成的文字的图解。就这一层面而言,她的作品也可以说是对于木版画本源和特色的一种注解。

 

雅各布布尔克哈特在他的一篇论叙述性绘画的文章中说道,图画必须通过它的艺术力量在观者心中激发出如此这般一种情绪,使他们从一开始就相信它具有最崇高的含义。瞧,这不就有一位女艺术家达到了他的标准吗?

 

作者:曼侬博思安

 

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