OPENING: FRIDAY 06/09/2019, 06–09 pm
Tim Freiwald (born 1986 Leipzig, Germany), a master student of Thomas Scheibitz and Jerry Zeniuk, is a deconstructionist color painter. His works emerge from the intellectual ping pong-like process of action and reaction. Just as Fontana once slashed his canvases, Freiwald saws, cuts and scorches his, only to reassemble them using paint, wood, plastics and metal. “I want the paintings to be on the verge of physical collapse so that they only become stable through the painterly attraction between their elements.” The image here is a fragile pictorial structure; it seems to break into fragments, line splinters, angles and islands of color. Yet, it is held together by the playful and highly-volatile spirit that characterizes this kind of painting, as well as by the compact physique of the object-like image.
The viewer’s gaze is guided in different directions through reduced color lines, which are as appealing as they are enigmatic. Because Freiwald does not shy away from the destruction of the image surface; artistic beauty and violence are artistically juxtaposed and the chimerical horror is artistically banned, qualities that may reflect the prevailing zeitgeist. Aesthetically speaking, an anarchic Dadaist spirit lives on in Freiwald’s work.
Stephan von Wiese, 2019 Translation Marie Frohling, NY
DC OPEN 2019: FR 06/09, 06–09 pm, SAT 07/09, 12–08 pm, SUN 08/09, 12–6 pm