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Michael Kienzer, Weiß auf Weiß (Zeichnung Vol 6) (White on White [Drawing Vol. 6]), 2018, zinc sheet, lacquer, 14' × 10' × 1' 7 1⁄4".

Michael Kienzer

Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Vienna

Poised between lightness and presence, between impromptu conception and deliberate creative choice, between the construction of sculpture in the moment and its perpetual disintegration, Michael Kienzer’s practice typically performs a balancing act. In his exhibition “grau und farbig” (gray and colorful), the Vienna-based artist gave another bravura demonstration of his mastery of sculptural precision.

Entering the gallery, the visitor was welcomed by a fourteen-foot-tall wall object bearing the programmatic title Weiß auf Weiß (Zeichnung Vol 6) (White on White [Drawing Vol. 6]) (all works cited, 2018). The title succinctly captured what set this piece apart in an exhibition that showed Kienzer grappling with questions of color to an extent not seen in his earlier work, while suggesting that white on white is also a prerequisite for any sustained engagement with color. It was composed of

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