Cologne

Asta Gröting

Galerie Sophia Ungers

The absence of content is iridescent in these untitled works by Asta Gröting. They do not announce a new direction, nor do they produce spectacular effects, but they are astonishing. One is amazed by, say, the elegance with which the artist arranges and juxtaposes materials, such as dried sunflowers with a Plexiglas vessel containing a glass pane. One is similarly amazed by a screen of shaped Plexiglas, standing on a custom-made chromium base; a brownish spot, the size of a cow pat, is placed on either side, and inside it, we can see the glass bodies that Gröting often uses. These bodies, with holes punched at the top and bottom, look like huge bottles, but they are formed from glass that has not been processed to a finished point. Before the glass is rolled into flat sheets, the process is stopped so that vessellike forms are created.

The delay or halting of a process is a characteristic

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