Günther Rost

Galerie Vera Munro

The sculptor Günther Rost is attempting to develop a new material conceptuality. His use of painted zinc sheets produces a system of notation through the minimal intervention of the dot. Applying dots in frugal rows, he suddenly disrupts his quiet application with a gash in the paint or a bump in the metal sheet. The zinc sheets have precisely creased edges that create a four-inch gap between the piece and the wall. They jut out, hovering between two- and three-dimensionality, between a neatly outlined rectangle and a triangular cast shadow. Rost paints dots, commas, lines, and other signs, lining them up on these flawless surfaces, so that they look like diagrams, like geographic keys to verses, like technical notations of intervals, like medical or biological encodings. But none of these evocations has a basis in the works themselves.

Rost’s brinkmanship between an extreme minimal treatment

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