Art experience in the square

Art experience in the square

The expressive pictures are on display in the service center of the tax office. There is something perfect about the square – a special case of all conceivable rectangles. One statement is enough to be able to construct a square: the page length. "What does this balance of the square do to the one who wants to fill the content? Banding the artist, he or she shies away from the perfection of the format?" These questions were raised by vera schnitzer’s husband, alois schnitzer, on wednesday evening during his introduction to the exhibition, which is well worth seeing. In it, you can see exclusively square pictures, painted with acrylic on canvas – in different coarseness, but all with the same four sides and four right angles.
However, the contents of these squares were filled very differently. There are two groups of paintings on view: strongly colored gestural paintings as well as so-called script paintings. "In the gestural colorful pictures an enormous energy becomes traceable, which wants to be printed out. I also see vulnerability, against which the artist defends herself with her means – the means of painting", said alois schnitzer.
His wife, with whom he has been married for over 42 years, also resorts to self-irony – clearly in some of the titles of her paintings, such as "pretty buttoned up", "memory of the oceanographer", "parrot" or "fox, you have stolen the goose", said. Several pictures are also with "no title" expelled. This is good and legitimate; after all, abstract painting creates additional realities – a world that would not exist without this kind of painting. "This world does not have to be filled with concepts from the "normal" world, as it were reality", he was sure.
In addition to the strong colorful gestural painting, the written images are striking. Vera schnitzer was inspired to create them by reflections on the value of one’s own handwriting at a time when handwriting is becoming less and less important. These written images are full of ciphers – secret signs, betrayed symbols that allow for different interpretations. The artist also sometimes gives them titles – such as "the maize-green miracle of writing" or "blue writing in hard times", while some of them are also "untitled" leave. "Let your imagination run wild here as well", he appealed to the numerous visitors. He also discussed the biographical aspects of his wife, who comes from a family of artists: her father was a sculptor, her mother a pianist, and her brother is a designer. Vera schnitzer studied art education after graduating from high school. However, this did not lead to a career as an art teacher, as their two children intervened. Nevertheless, she was always artistically active.
But it was not until the 1990s that painting was able to take up a more prominent place in her life again. Many exhibitions and participations in exhibitions followed: her paintings can now be found in private collections, but also in public ownership – for example in the helios-frankenwaldklinik in kronach. This exhibition now gives a small insight into the result of her artistic work, although some paintings have not yet been exhibited. "They all have a special authenticity. They are honest and represent a certain phase in your life", according to alois schnitzer. "My pictures are strong partners – a corresponding counterpart", explains vera schnitzer, who has had a studio in niederfullbach near coburg since 1996. About her square works she says: "with the square one remains in the frame". Even if the content seems wild, the format is not questioned. I can express myself expressively, without falling out of the frame." In tranquility, the artist continues, lies strength. And the square is just the most quiet format.
Ingo cesaro, who is in charge of the gallery’s concept, was pleased with the start of the 2018 exhibition series. To keep a square format and not to break it requires a lot of discipline, he said. He often comes into contact with the paintings of the artist – especially at the annual literature workshop he holds at the vocational school for nursing; after all, the walls of the hospital are adorned with some of her rough-format paintings.
Kronach 2. Mayor angela hofmann reminded the art in the square of her school days. The geometric figure has the advantage over the rectangle of a maximum flatness with a small circumference. In her eyes, this classic, timeless format represents a harmonious balance to the lively content. She praised the exhibition as a great enrichment of the art landscape and the public space in kronach. She thanked the artist, the initiator ingo cesar and the tax office for making the space available to her. Its head of department, gunter wolkersdorfer, was pleased with the visual enrichment of the service center.
The exhibition runs until 24. April and can be viewed during the normal opening hours of the tax office.

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