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Maik Schlüter (2014)

Eye Operation

EXPLOSION: A laser in the eye. The clouded retina wiped clean. Out of grey a sea of colors emerges, an explosive mixture of visual cascades. An optical LSD trip. Deep in the recesses of the brain, the stimuli of bundled light become a spectrum of all colors, a single flowing, shimmering, smudging and blurring. Impossible to focus, a glance into the depths of illusion, mechanically generated, scratching at the nervous system, sensory needle-pricks excited to the point of climax. This is all inside me. There is no picture, no surface, a wafting mass. Abstraction beyond conceptualization. ... read more

Christoph Tannert (2011)

Living through the Labyrinthine

The amorphous quality of the picture plane thereby posits a questioning of any traditional understanding of form and awakens the beholder’s curiosity. It is this especially productive relationship between the physically assertive dimension of the even haptically tangible paint-membrane and the more cerebral, intellectual level that distinguishes the experimential character of Girkes’s work. ...

Jürgen Schilling (2009)

The „Seventh Ornament“ – on the Work of Kristina Girke

Without losing the sense of figurative meaning, the artist in her recent work increasingly explores the chances provided by the incorporation of surreal and abstract tendencies all the way to op-art into her work, in representing the multiplicity of transitory episodes. In enriching her language she draws on Francis Picabia, who is said to have stated: “one should be a nomad, moving through the ideas as one moves across countries and cities. read more

Annette Pfnorr (2006)

Cultural Damages

Looking at Kristina Girke’s paintings, our gaze is not fixed, but constantly scanning the surface, just like a traveller who still has not seen and understood all and keeps on thrieving for more. read more

Jürgen Schilling (2004)

On Kristina Girke’s Paintings

For her, it is a stage for myths, but unblemished by any ideological transfiguration or pathetically moved attitude from that era. ... The cascades and waterfalls, present in all sorts of variations in almost all of the recent paintings by Kristina Girke, have been known since Jacob Philip Hackert and Joseph Anton Koch founded the tradition of idealized landscape as the manifestation of a higher order. Those artists interpreted the waterfall not only as a symbol of life between source and uncertain end, but also of what was freedom-bent and dynamically unspoilt and natural. For them, water was an important element of the life of nature ... read more

Roberto Valcárcel, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (1998)

Autoretratos de l'Alma

Me parece tan paradógico (y hasta divertido)

el que un país como Alemania,

proverbialmente racional, cerebral, frío y poco emotivo,

sea precisamente la cuna de tantos artistas

cuya obra – a menudo instintiva, emotiva, irracional,

m.á.g.i.c.a. ...