Color foil on Alucore, aluminium frame
120 × 180 cm
Inv. No. 0075
At the end of the 90’s Gerwald Rockenschaub began to apply a new technique in his pictures – using aluminium sheeting as a picture support and coloured plastic foil affixed to it in the same way as with advertising/ written signs. The individual colour fields can be seen as two dimensional, they allow (or even insist on) the creation of pictures from pure colour areas. So the concretely chosen colour, in conjunction with an essentially two-dimensional composition, takes on the function of locating the area in the viewer’s perception in the foreground, background or a diffuse middle ground. This means that the spatial effect of the picture is created through the effect of colour.
There is no doubt that it is exactly this search for these effects that enable a schooling of the act of seeing at a time of indiscriminate, inflationary images. Their aim is to illustrate the way they work formally and to sharpen the gaze.
Paul Katzberger, 2005 (translation: Tim Sharp)Continue reading
Nach Rokytník. The collection of EVN, MUMOK, Vienna, 2005
Gerwald Rockenschaub 1999 [Galerie Georg Kargl, Wien], Vienna 1999, p. 20