Günter Tuzina

Kunsthalle Zurich

A deliberately reduced vocabulary of color and form lends Gunther Tuzina’s oeuvre its special appeal. This does not necessarily mean that the pictorial possibilities are limited. Within the parameters Tuzina sets, he pursues diverse modes of expression and employs various media: drawing, painting,sculpture, and various hybrids. The fundamental structure of his paintings is based on a vertical rectangle that deviates more or less from the right angle, and that is subdivided horizontally or diagonally. This elementary form, originally derived from the ground plan of a basilica, functions as a schema that unifies the pictorial composition. It is like the promise of an order, but a promise that is not kept. It is the order—the spatial thematic—derived from the rectangular grid that constitutes the subject matter of these pictures. Yet at the very point at which order is generated it already

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for artforum.com? Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.