Project #11: Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg
30. June - 03. September 2023

Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg
cycle "As black as it gets", 2022
Oil on canvas
39,4 × 70,9 × 1,8 inches
(100 × 180 × 4,5 cm)

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Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg - cycle "As black as it gets", 2022, Oil on canvas

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Project #11: Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg

DavisKlemmGallery Projektraum, Kirchstraße 4, 65239 Hochheim am Main
Project #11: Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg

The materials are classic: canvas and oil paint. The artist exploits the strengths of oil paint: the intensity and clarity of color as well as the possibility to play with it. Under the upper, determining layer of color, a second one shines through. The meandering edges of the forms seem to glow due to the translucent colors of the lower layers. The structure on the surface reveals that Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg does not use small delicate brushes, but works over large areas, sometimes using palette knives. This lush use of paint in just the right amount gives her works their energy.

Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1959. She studied at the University of Uppsala. After moving to Germany, she took art courses with Doz. Clemens Etz in Ulm and with Prof. Jerry Zeniuk at the Munich Art Academy in Munich. The German-American painter Zeniuk is a representative of color field painting, which is also reflected in Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg's style. She lives and works in Munich, Germany, but also has a studio in Sweden. She is represented by galleries in Germany and Switzerland and regularly exhibits internationally.

The bright colors with slumbering colors peeking through underneath are created by Maria Wallenstal-Schoenberg's technique. On top of the still wet paint she applies the next color with a palette knife. On the one hand, the top layer of paint captures the luminous colors of the lower layers, which glow here and there like lava that is cooling down. On the other hand, the uneven application of the paint makes the works lively on the surface. These "imperfections" of the surface also make them look natural.

Although Mark Rothko used other colors and forms, Maria Wallenstål-Schoenberg's works are reminiscent of his artworks. Like no other, his name and artwork are associated with Abstract Expressionism and color field painting. Monochrome paintings with only one, two or three colors are typical of this art movement. From the beginning, it provoked with reduction and minimalism - a clear rejection of classical painting focused on motifs. To this day, minimalist works irritate, representing an antithesis to the daily flood of images. Thus, even more than half a century after its establishment, it has not lost its relevance.

Each painting is unique and individual - yet the effect is intensified when presented together in a space. As an ensemble, the individual works become parts of a color frenzy. The sequence of works also brings a new quality. It becomes clear that the individual works are variations of a main theme. Not only do the individual works become more interesting in comparison, but there is also an overall effect. The walls open up like windows into another world. They show a space in which forms float and perhaps can only be seen for a moment while viewing.

The 20 m² room, in which pens and exercise books were previously sold, is now available to artists from the DavisKlemmGallery as a project space. Instead of regular but limited opening times, the room can be viewed around the clock: the entire room and thus the project can be viewed at all times thanks to the large window front. Changing projects, installations, works of art and artists can be discovered here. The current presentation will be on view until September 3rd, 2023.