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Mark Grotjahn

Horizontals

May 18–August 7, 2021
Hong Kong

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Installation view

Artwork © Mark Grotjahn

Works Exhibited

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.88), 2021 Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 55 × 68 inches (139.7 × 172.7 cm)© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.88), 2021

Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 55 × 68 inches (139.7 × 172.7 cm)
© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.63), 2020 Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 66 ¼ × 88 ¼ inches (168.3 × 224.2 cm)© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Ruben Diaz

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.63), 2020

Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 66 ¼ × 88 ¼ inches (168.3 × 224.2 cm)
© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Ruben Diaz

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.71), 2020 Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 37 ½ × 52 inches (95.3 × 132.1 cm)© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.71), 2020

Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 37 ½ × 52 inches (95.3 × 132.1 cm)
© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.77), 2020 Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 50 × 63 inches (127 × 160 cm)© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Capri 53.77), 2020

Oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 50 × 63 inches (127 × 160 cm)
© Mark Grotjahn. Photo: Douglas M. Parker Studio

About

I like less looking, more doing.
—Mark Grotjahn

Gagosian is pleased to present Horizontals, an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Mark Grotjahn from the Capri series (2016–).

In his paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Grotjahn interweaves various modes of abstraction, employing an expansive vocabulary of motifs and techniques that evolves between series, while infusing existing paradigms with new energy. Exploring color, perspective, seriality, and the sublime, he has drawn inspiration from a diverse history of nonrepresentational painting, from prehistoric to Op art. By incorporating complex and ever-changing modes of expression into an instantly recognizable aesthetic, he continues to develop an authorial gesture that is at once mercurial and entirely his own.

Stemming from a body of work that he produced in 2016 for Casa Malaparte on the isle of Capri, Italy, the new paintings extend Grotjahn’s shift away from the representational qualities of the Face paintings (2003–) toward the realm of full abstraction. Inspired by the landmark modernist house of writer Curzio Malaparte (1898–1957)—isolated on a rocky outcrop on the uninhabited side of the island and immortalized in Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris (Contempt, 1963)—Grotjahn inaugurated the series with a group of works titled New Capri. Painted on cardboard and presented behind glass, these dynamic compositions echo the rugged natural environment of the house’s setting. Untitled (New Capri XXXVI 47.47) (2016) typifies his initial approach in that it is structured around almondlike shapes derived in part from the stylized, watchful eyes in the Face paintings.

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「我喜歡少看,多做。」
—馬克·格羅特雅恩

高古軒欣然呈獻「水平延伸」展覽,展出馬克‧格羅特雅恩(Mark Grotjahn)《卡普里》系列(Capri,2016年至今)的全新及近期作品。

格羅特雅恩在繪畫、素描和雕塑中揉合不同模式的抽象表達,並在每個系列中運用多元化的題材和技巧,同時為現有風格注入新活力。從原始藝術以至歐普藝術,格羅特雅恩從抽象繪畫的多元歷史汲取靈感,探索顏色、角度、連續性及崇高的概念。他將複雜且多變的表達方式與極具辨識度的藝術美學結合,繼續發展不斷變化而獨一無二的個人風格。

這次展出的新作源自格羅特雅恩於2016年以意大利卡普里島的馬拉帕爾泰別墅(Casa Malaparte)為題所創作的一系列作品,延續他從《臉》(Faces,2003年作)系列的具象特點到完全抽象領域的轉變。作家庫爾喬‧馬拉帕爾泰(Curzio Malaparte,1898–1957)具地標性的現代主義別墅屹立於島上無人居住的一處岩壁上,憑藉尚盧·高達(Jean-Luc Godard)執導的電影《輕蔑》(Le Mépris,1963年)而成為經典。格羅特雅恩受此啟發,創作一系列名為《新卡普里》(New Capri)的作品。作品繪於紙板上,並以玻璃畫框裝裱,充滿動感的構圖呼應別墅四周嶙峋原始的自然環境。《無題(新卡普里XXXVI 47.47)》(Untitled (New Capri XXXVI 47.47),2016年作)體現藝術家最初的構思,以杏仁形狀為基礎,這種形狀部分源自《臉》系列畫作中那些風格獨特的銳利眼眸。

在其後的《卡普里》系列畫作裡,格羅特雅恩探索另一種圖形,運用彩色的線性漩渦,風格呼應德國表現主義及意大利未來主義,以及華西里‧康定斯基(Wassily Kandinsky)及保羅‧克利(Paul Klee)的畫風。這些作品亦深受美國抽象表現主義影響,特別是克萊福特‧斯蒂爾(Clyfford Still)運用調色刀的手法。雖然這些作品暗藏著對風景的投射,但更重要的是畫作以抽象方式體現顏料和創作過程的各種形式和表達可能性。

格羅特雅恩在部分近期作品中採用橫向格式,呈現他利用調色刀「收集」的一道道多餘顏料,並將其在畫布上砌出鬆散的網格。他將顏料條的其中一端處理得更窄,使得其感覺更自然,然後將其附着於畫板,排列成垂直和橫向的筆觸,從而對整個構圖的視覺和質感效果產生干擾。

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