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Rune Mields

Kunstverein

Rune Mields creates work in a formidable, quirky array of styles—large black paintings containing signs taken from ancient geometry; paintings on which male nudes are drawn on a paleolithic fertility symbol, accompanied by quotations from the Song of Songs; paintings filled with numbers through which a medieval warrior can be seen; grid paintings that reveal the sieve of Eratosthenes, an ancient method of discovering prime numbers that still serves as a foundation for modern computer programs; paintings with notes and diagrams, or Arabic and Persian ornaments; everything in black, gray, and white.

In her works, Mields deliberately avoids color, fearing it might reduce the precision of her statements. Yet what do the signs, diagrams, and motifs of these large paintings mean? asks the confused viewer, who is nonetheless drawn to the harmony that each work evokes. These paintings fuse the

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