The artist presents eight large-format works on aluminium created between 1997 and 2002, exploring the formal and aesthetic possibilities offered by aluminium as well as his continuous investigation of painting and space.
For the first time, Matthew Marks Gallery in New York and neugerriemschneider are both presenting exhibitions dedicated entirely to this group of works by Majerus. In 1996 Michel Majerus began to use off-the-shelf aluminium panels in his work, manually applying a painterly ground of lacquer to these industrially produced metal sheets, which were then supplemented by digital and silkscreen prints of abstract forms, pictorial ciphers, typography, and pop culture. The multifaceted nature and materiality of Majerus’ works proved to be the forerunner of a now well-established artistic vocabulary, acting as a man-ifestation of the then-nascent digital age and its aesthetic.
- Installation views © Michel Majerus Estate 2017, courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin