Hubert Schmalix

Galerie Krinzinger

For extreme colorists among painters, form is always the crucial problem: where and how does the area or trace of color end? How are the transitions between forms made clear? Hubert Schmalix has found a simple method for dealing with such questions: he uses Polaroid photographs to set the outlines of a model, outlines that may appear somewhat distorted through the effects of foreshortening but that are nevertheless exact. The filling in of the background areas and the fashioning of the body are carried out through pure color, resulting in a kind of simple figuration in an “abstract” field. In the interpenetration of the two, it seems to me, Schmalix has found an original and new basis for painting. The work renounces the mythology and the sense of corporeality that have burdened the medium in recent years, in favor of a cultivation of painting itself.

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