Bartha Contemporary: Frank Gerritz in London & Edinburgh

Frank Gerritz, Definition Of Space I Four Center Connection (spread my wings), 2015/2016, Pencil on mdf panel 60 x 240 cm
Frank Gerritz, Definition Of Space I Four Center Connection (spread my wings), 2015/2016, Pencil on mdf panel 60 x 240 cm. Copyright Frank Gerritz, Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

Bartha Contemporary, London: 13 May – 2 July 2016
Private View: Thursday 12 May, 6-8pm

Sleeper, Edinburgh: 13 May – 10 June 2016
Private View: Friday 13 May, 6-8pm

Frank Gerritz

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Bartha Contemporary is delighted to announce two coinciding exhibitions of recent works by German artist Frank Gerritz (b. 1964) at Bartha Contemporary in London and the Sleeper Art-Space in Edinburgh. The London exhibition (13 May – 2 July 2016) will include two new pencil drawings on MDF alongside recent drawings on paper, the Edinburgh exhibition (13 May – 10 June 2016) will showcase a single installation of a four-panel oil paint-stick on anodised aluminium work.

Frank Gerritz, Temporary Ground I Territory I The Sleeper, 2015, Oil paint-stick on anodised aluminium, 4 Panels, Each 60 x 60 cm , Overall 60 x 240.6 cm
Frank Gerritz, Temporary Ground I Territory I The Sleeper, 2015, Oil paint-stick on anodised aluminium, 4 Panels, Each 60 x 60 cm , Overall 60 x 240.6 cm. Copyright Frank Gerritz, Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

For the past two decades, Gerritz has applied layers upon layers of graphite using soft Faber Castell 9B pencil marks on walls, paper and, as is the case in this instance, industrially manufactured MDF panels. “Definition of Space | Four Center Connection (spread my wings)” the key work in this exhibition and probably Frank Gerritz’s most ambitious work on MDF to date, evolves from a concentred composition. Two elemental forms of opposing forces, placed side by side are separated by a devising line, formulate this seminal work.

Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection III, 2013 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London
Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection III, 2013 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz, Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

Gerritz’s MDF drawings render light and modulate it to such an extent that the experience is akin to moving into a sculptural space. Similarly, the artist’s works on anodized aluminium encompass a genuinely physical experience. Here the metal support turned into a body of light, at the same time offset and articulated by dark black areas of oil paint-stick, drawn onto the cool anodised aluminium surface. In this instance composed over four panels, “Temporary Ground I Territory I The Sleeper” exhibited in Edinburgh is spaced precisely along its horizontal axis. The initially flat appearance of the works pulls the viewer to its sides, revealing its three-dimensional composition. The work appears to float at a carefully calibrated distance from the wall, the resulting shadow-gap further elevating the sculptural nature of the piece.

Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection I, 2013 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London
Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection I, 2013 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz, Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

 

Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection, 2014 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London
Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection, 2014 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz. Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

 

Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection, 2014 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London
Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection, 2014 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz, Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

 

Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection I, 2015 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London
Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection I, 2015 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz, Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

 

Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection II, 2015 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London
Frank Gerritz, Two Center Connection II, 2015 Pencil on paper 2 Part, Each 42 x 58.8 cm Copyright Frank Gerritz Courtesy Bartha Contemporary Ltd. London

Frank Gerritz has been exhibiting globally since the late 1980’s, more recently a series of institutional exhibitions in Europe confirmed his invaluable contribution to contemporary art discourse. Works by Frank Gerritz will be included in the forthcoming exhibition “Construction” at Raum Schroth : Wilhelm Morgner Museum in Soest 22.5. – 18.9.2016 and “Schwarzarbeit” at Kunstmuseum Villa Zander 28.8. – 23.10.2016.
In 2007, the American art critic and poet Donald Kuspit called the artist “The Last Abstract Hardliner”, a title Frank Gerritz doubtlessly retains to the present day.

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Exhibition overview: Online publication available here.

Current: Sarah Chilvers & Giulia Ricci exhibition continues to 7 May 2016, more information here.

 

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