vienna

Ernst Caramelle

Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder

This show is a kind of commentary on what moves Ernst Caramelle in his life in art. Pigment on plaster, color on walls, sunshine on paper, a folio of delicate drawings con brio—from these basics this cosmopolitan artist, born in Tirol in 1952, composes a topographical intervention in the galleries, with an “ultra-light gesture,” as the title of one of the drawings, from 2001, also suggests. Caramelle’s aesthetic is based on those processes that, in contrast to physicality and gesture, take thought and concept as their central point of departure. And since for Caramelle there are no ideas without formalization, these appear physically as drawings, photography, video, and wall paintings—as fleeting, sun-faded ephemera or as slightly more tangible, object-like gesso pieces.

Many artists who, like Caramelle, work in a conceptual framework have questioned the classical categories of painting

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