December 4, 2009 – January 17, 2010
Bartha Contemporary presents a solo exhibition by German artist Hartmut Böhm (b. 1938). The artist’s second solo show with the gallery entitled ‘Wandzeichnungen’ will showcase site-specific wall drawings, a key aspect in the artist’s oeuvre.
Hartmut Böhm’s investigation of geometric abstraction is routed in a continued interest in the core values of European ‘Konkrete’ Art. Despite the fact that Böhm is not a dogmatist, his use of industrial materials as well as the pure nature of his compositions reflect an untainted believe in the modern, the contemporary and foremost in the man-made. Rather than indulging in romantic notions of early 20th Century modernism Böhm’s works are a contemporary revaluation and evolution of constructivist art. Since the late 60’s the artist’s work has often been attributed to many of the key European post war movements such as ‘Nouvelle Tendance’ ‘Op-Art’ and ‘Konstruktive und Konkrete Kunst’. However in the past two decades Böhm’s work has taken on a much more minimalist sensibility.
For this exhibition a series of radically pared down installations, all encompassing an element of the site-specific, will develop along the gallery’s three main exhibition walls. The installation’s central work entitled ‘Randstand’, is conceived out of four steel elements, which are arranged following a sequential system along the four side of an outlined square drawn with red pencil. This seemingly simple work – balanced and without a doubt formalistic, displays the artist’s outstanding ability to create works, which continue to engage the viewer beyond the purely ephemeral.