Galerie Förster

Ute Krautkremer, Ray Malone,
Nina Neumaier, Mady Piesold and
Henning Rohde

Lust und Linie

February 11 - March 26, 2011


The exhibition “Lust und Linie” presents drawings by five artists, totally different in their choice of medium, in their procedures, in their ideas and intentions. In their various ways, and representing positions ranging from lively graphic fantasy and enigmatic story-telling to the fascination of minimalism, they offer a glimpse into utterly different inner worlds and an exhibition of discoveries.

Ray Malone, who explores the straight line as, on the one hand the delimitation of space, and on the other the sign of both presence and absence, demonstrates how ascetically rigorously a line can be drawn. In a sequence of small squares one experiences a sort of intellectual game, not without a touch of fine English wit. The diagonal dominates the aesthetically quiet composition in two new large works on paper, and in two smaller works parallel vertical lines are incised rather than drawn.

In a surprising way others allow the line joyfully free rein. The flow of the pen, or the pencil, uncontrolled in its momentum, its sweeping movements unrestrained, imposes its forms on the surface. Ute Krautkremer's spontaneous drawings, black scribbled marks, here and there interspersed with red, are combined with lines made of wire, which extend into space. As the viewer takes up different positions, so further fantastical structures form themselves, enriched by the shadow lines “drawn” by the wire.

Nina Neumaier’s drawings are also multi-dimensional, shifting as you view them, and not only through the movement of one’s eyes.  The slightest draught, setting one suspended glass construction in motion against its complement, produces constantly changing choreographic forms. Against both the white and the black backgrounds lines are drawn into free play, setting up a spontaneous rhythmic counter movement of line and form. In addition there are small works on paper, where the lines cut, as it were, no less lively capers.

Henning Rohde’s unconventional “Aphrodites“, stylized female nudes, are equally the product of a spontaneous gesture. In rapid flourishes he draws the crayon, here held upright producing delicate lines, there creating broad frottage-like forms and shadows, across the rough surface of the paper. The figures appear, in their ease and light-heartedness, to stretch themselves, to dance, or gambol, or loll around seductively.

Mady Piesold places her delicate figures in partially brightly-coloured settings. The colourful backdrop represents not so much a simple scene as a dense, sometimes even threatening world about to engulf the beings depicted there. Animals and humans find themselves strangely connected; sometimes an animal will appear totally isolated. In a way reminiscent of children’s drawings, her simple outlines ironize, for example, the image of the tough cowboy and his proud horse, and raise questions about the way man deals with his environment, especially with its creatures.

February 2011
Gabriele Förster, translated by Ray Malone