Cordula Ditz

Conradi | Hamburg

Cordula Ditz’s recent exhibition included paintings, videos, collages, and site-specific sculpture. The first thing to strike the visitor’s eye was the large-format paintings, all the same size (approximately eight by six feet) and hung on black walls. They look as if Ditz were “covering” various positions within the canon of modernist abstraction while simultaneously transforming them. The casualness of her approach gives these works a power all their own, along with a sense of parodic commentary that alternates between the subliminal and the explicit. Five of these works are gestural abstractions, some of them augmented with text, while two others refer to a specific pictorial vocabulary: Trust Me (all works 2009), for example, continues in the tradition of Frank Stella’s black paintings of 1958–60, with its logic of shape and structure. But where Stella filled his canvases with linear,

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