Bartha Contemporary: Frank Gerritz OCULA Interview

Bartha Contemporary, London:

On the occasion of Frank Gerritz’s continuing exhibitions at Bartha Contemporary in London and Sleeper in Edinburgh, OCULA published an in-depth interview with the artist, as part of their ongoing ‘Ocula Insight’ Series.

Ocula Insight – Frank Gerritz

Both exhibitions continue until July 2, 2016.

Works by Frank Gerritz will also feature as part of two forthcoming group-exhibitions:

Schwarzarbeit
Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
August 28 – October 23, 2016

Zeichnungsräume, Part II
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
November 25 2016 – May 21, 2017

Save the date:

Mike Meiré
Outside the Visible
Private View Thursday July 7, 6.30 – 8.30 PM
Exhibition July 8 – September 17, 2016

Robert Holyhead
Recent Paintings and Works on Paper
in collaboration with Karsten Schubert, London
Private View Thursday September 28, 6.30 – 8.30 PM
Exhibition September 29 – November 26, 2016

Works in Frank Gerritz current London Exhibition :

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

 

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

 

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

 

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