Cologne

Hubert Kiecol

Galerie Gisela Capitain

This exhibition of Hubert Kiecol’s drawings was divided into three parts. However distinct the groups and their titles—“Waben” (Honeycombs; all works 1991), “Heilige” (Saints), and “Leitern” (Ladders)—may be, the interrelationships among the parts are obvious. What they share, along with the single size of each individual series, is the artist’s urge as a draftsman: using powerful lines, he tries to find a balance between filling surfaces and draining them, between the translucence and the opacity of the images. Still, all these works convey a sense of elementary lightness. The blending of these opposite impressions proceeds in the Kiecol mode, that is, in a quiet manner, in which medium and material, formal intention and formal knowledge, are harmoniously united.

Kiecol’s drawings are produced in a monotype process, with oils on Japanese vellum. They tend to be large, and the themes are

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