Matthias Weischer: Traces to nowhere, 08 Sep 2015 — 03 Oct 2015

Matthias Weischer: Traces to nowhere

Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong, 407, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong

Showcasing a group of new paintings, Weischer is presenting Traces to nowhere, his first solo exhibition in Asia.

Weischer, a graduate of the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts, is known for his association with the “New Leipzig School” a group of painters who came to prominence roughly a decade after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Originally schooled in classical painting techniques, the artist has since developed, in a broad sense, two conceptual approaches in his practice. Of primary interest is Weischer’s exploration of new ways of perceiving and depicting three-dimensional space. Weischer is also attuned to identifying the scope, importance, and historical meaning of painting as a medium and system of representation. The artist is keenly interested in the process of composing paintings, examining the balance between chaos and harmony, and situating his works at the intersection of the realistic and the imagined.

In many of the artist’s works, contained spaces such as yards, domestic interiors, parks and gardens present regions of illusory and enigmatic narratives. Weischer explores his depicted spaces in great detail, disrupting any superficial harmony and exposing the disorder that exists directly beneath the surface. The artist omits any trace of the figurative form, prompting the viewer to mentally occupy the spaces of his paintings. While the figure is omitted, he does fill his depicted spaces with traces of a human’s presence, including ornaments and décor that infer personal choices. Accentuated by his collage-like approach to constructing imagery, Weischer employs forced perspectives that challenge how viewers perceive space. Patterned walls give way to unexpected views of interiors and fragments of truncated spaces, reaching past logical boundaries.

The artist’s recent works, such as those included in his Lehmann Maupin exhibition, have become more spontaneous and poetic with the incorporation of landscape and natural elements. While Weischer continues to paint with forced perspective, the inclusion of singular, flat elements that appear to be floating in the picture plane add another level of complexity. Weischer utilizes these figurative forms to explore new ways of harmonizing the relationship between objects and space within the pictorial plane.

About the Artist
Matthias Weischer (b. 1973 Elte, Germany) graduated with an MA from the prestigious Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig) in 2003 and has since been associated with a group of German painters referred to as the ‘New Leipzig School’. Weischer has had solo exhibitions in international venues including Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, (2014); Museo Arte de Ponce, Ponce (2011); Museum der bildenden Kunste Leipzig (2011); Gemeentemuseum, Den Haaag (2008); and CAC Malaga (2008). His work has also been included in notable group exhibitions at the Centre Pomipdou, Paris (2013); Museum Frieder Burda, Baden Baden (2010); The Zabludowicz Collection, London (2010); and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2008).

Contacts & Details
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Sat 11am – 7pm
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Lehmann Maupin Hong Kong, 407, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder St, Central, Hong Kong

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