The Shape of Things to Come
Curated by Professor Stephan Berg, Director, Kunstmuseum Bonn
9 April 18.30-21.00
10 April – 16 May 2015
Pi Artworks London is pleased to announce Paul Schwer’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Over the last year Schwer has had majour solo exhibitions at Leopold Hoesch Museum and
Kunstverein Ruhr Germany and IKOB in Belgium, though this is his first in the UK.
The Shape of Things to Come features the artist’s arresting plexiglass sculptures
alongside an intervention on the gallery’s floor and walls.
Schwer is a painters’ painter, concerning himself solely with the relationship between colour, space, light,
and movement. His work, however, is far removed from the traditional two-dimensional canvas.
With a profoundly spatialized mode of painting Schwer produces sculptural installations charged with light and colour
that express an imploding impulse. He begins with flat Plexiglas plates painted with broad-brush strokes of coloured
pigment. Then, in one transient moment, through high heat and considerable force, they are spun, twisted, and folded
into complex labyrinthine forms. With this gesture, the two-dimensional picture plane is transformed into a three
dimensional body of colour that captures the performativity of its making. Schwer’s paintings transform into dynamic
sculptures that appear to expand like evolving creatures on the verge of a luminous burst. The work reflects
a tendency in contemporary painting praxis to move beyond the two-dimensional plane, and situate itself
within the context of postmodern obsessions with acceleration and urbanity.
The inspiration for his intervention at Pi Artworks London is a photograph taken of a pergola in Istanbul.
The decorative archway is transposed into a spatial drawing in black dye covering the floor and walls of the gallery
with a web of fine, silver lines. Clusters of fluorescent tubes, wires, pigmented latex and warped polyester cascades
from the ceiling. The structure aggressively colonises the gallery with colourful tentacles,
transforming it with its luminous presence. Nestled within, are Schwer’s plexiglas sculptures
that punctuate the space like nodes of frozen liquid in a chaotic storm; the shape of things to come.
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