Monika Baer/Thomas Bayrle

Galerie Barbara Weiss

Any attempt to critically deal with this exhibition’s surprising juxtaposition of works by Monika Baer and Thomas Bayrle must first take into account the clear differences between their aesthetic positions: Since the early ’90s, Baer has been developing a thoroughly heterogeneous artistic practice in paintings, drawings, and collages that combines atmospherically evocative techniques of abstraction with figurative elements that have an almost surrealistic effect; the idiosyncratic results are characterized by a linking of the clear-cut with the amorphous and of the visceral with the conceptual, thereby reflecting on the conventions of painting by questioning the dichotomy between kitsch and critical negativity, for instance. Bayrle, on the other hand, has since the late ’60s confronted the visual (marketing) strategies of pop culture and politics in a body of work notable for its formal

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