Norbert Prangenberg

Galerie Karsten Greve | Cologne

Norbert Prangenberg is one of the few young contemporary artists concerned with the tension and fascination of very simple signs and forms on unpretentious but delicate materials. His work here is based on the use of parchment paper, which is known for its fragility, its flimsiness, and for the impossibility of making any correction in its folds. It is impossible to avoid damaging its surfaces when using it for large-scale works.

Prangenberg draws circles on untreated, transparent parchment paper. He spontaneously dashes off circles in pencil and also makes circular cutouts; a single work may be subjected to both treatments. The paper may be saturated with paint, though some white sections are permitted to remain. Prangenberg layers paint, but his images are nothing but circles, nothing but these primordially simple signs which have been of great significance since time immemorial. Any

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