RATIO OF DISTANCE by Silke Otto-Knapp, Florian Pumhösl

ドイツ人アーティスト、シルケ・オットー・ナップ(Silke Otto-Knapp)とオーストリア人アーティスト、フロリアン・プムフースル(Florian Pumhösl)の作品集。2014年にタカ・イシイギャラリーで開催された展覧会「Ratio of Distance」に伴い刊行された。美術史家であり評論家のトム・マクドノー(Tom McDonough)によるテキストを収録。(英語、日本語)


本展は、ロサンゼルスを拠点に活動するシルケ・オットー・ナップ、そしてウィーンを拠点に活動するフロリアン・プムフースルの絵画作品によって構成されます。オットー・ナップとプムフースルは、2008年にケルンのダニエル・ブッフホルツにて個展を同時開催し、その後、2013年にウィーンのシェーンベルク・センターで開催されたグループ展「Art is: New Art」にともに参加しました。本展は、彼らの継続的な対話を新たな作品として形にした初めての二人展となります。


Text by Tom McDonough (English and Japanese)

Official Press Release:

Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Silke Otto-Knapp and Florian Pumhösl. The exhibition will feature paintings by Otto-Knapp, who is based in Los Angeles and Pumhösl, who is based in Vienna. Otto-Knapp and Pumhösl had a parallel solo exhibition at Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne in 2008. They also exhibited together at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna in the exhibition “art is: new art” in 2013. This is the first time they are collaborating on a two-person exhibition with new work formalizing their ongoing dialogue. Otto-Knapp has previously produced paintings by exclusively using watercolors on canvas based on historical documentations of stage design, ballet and modern dance. In making her layered paintings, she worked with silver watercolor and gouache to create a space that achieves both flatness and depth. These paintings transformed the relationship of bodies and landscapes in space, and that of figure and ground, into virtually abstract elements. The current exhibition will feature paintings made in the summer of 2014 on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. While spending time there, Otto-Knapp became very interested in the concept of an island, a landmass surrounded by the sea, as a historical motif. Using black and grey watercolor pigments, the artist conflates frontal and aerial views of the island, allowing the pictorial space to remain unstable and the viewer to shift perspectives depending on their position in relation to the painting.
Florian Pumhösl produces paintings and films, which reference the graphics, typography, and architecture of the avant-garde movements. He is interested in the process of motifs shifting from one culture to another as well as one medium to another and the abstract visual language that this process produces. He explains, “Making a picture that appears abstract means to act in relation to visual languages associated with reproduction and instruction.” The current exhibition will feature a group of abstract paintings produced by stamping plaster panels with oil paints. This series refers to nautical routes used to travel between land masses, which circumscribe the entities we ordinarily identify as sea, island, land, continent, and nation. Pumhösl understands these maps as both describing a specific position and “Simultaneously not being routes, instructions, notations, or physiognomies. None of all these things, none at the same time.

by Florian Pumhösl , Silke Otto-Knapp

REGULAR PRICE ¥3,366  (tax incl.)

46 pages
205 x 285 mm
black and white