Essays

List of Extracts from Catalog Essays

Palimpsest - MICHAEL SCHMALFUSS (2018)

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Heroen von Utopia - THOMAS ERNE (2016)

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Eye Operation - MAIK SCHLÜTER (2014)

“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. …”

Living through the Labyrinthine - CHRISTOPH TANNERT (2011)

“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. …”

The „Seventh Ornament“ - JÜRGEN SCHILLING (2009)

“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. …”

Cultural Damages - ANNETTE PFNORR (2006)

“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. …”

On Kristina Girke’s Paintings - JÜRGEN SCHILLING (2004)

“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 …”

Autoretratos de l'Alma - ROBERTO VALCÁRCEL, SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA (1998)

“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. …”

Bibliography

2018

Palimpsest, Cooperation between Philipps-University Marburg and Gallery Schmalfuss Berlin

2014

TAXUS ROSEN, published by Stiftung Kloster Ilsenburg & Jüttners Verlagsbh., Wernigerode / Germany

2013

Bildgewitter, published by Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld / Germany

 

Sacred Destinations, published by Kunstverein Salzgitter, Salzgitter / Germany

2011

Beim Frühstück hat sich Gott verkrümelt, published by Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin / Germany

2009

The Culture Of The Power Or The Power Of The Culture, published by Nucleo de Desenvolvimento Cultura – XV. Bienal de Cerveira, Vila Nova de Cerveira / Portugal

 

Das siebente Ornamentpublished by Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin / Germany

2008

Close-Up, published by Por Amor á Arte Galería, Porto / Portugal

2006

Kulturschäden, published by Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin / Germany

2005

Pintura y escultura de la Colección Irene Cábez y Ignacio Munoz, published by Fundación Antonio Peréz, Cuenca / Spain

 

back to the line, published by Kunsthalle Dresden / Germany

2004

Laut singen am Wasserfall, published by Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin / Germany

 

Arena, published by Kunstverein Talstrasse e.V., Halle (S.) / Germany

 

Die Jägerprüfung, published by Galerie Peter Tedden, Düsseldorf / Germany

 

Now, published by Gallery Levy, Hamburg / Germany & Galería Castellána, Madrid / Spain

2002

FlashGo!, published by CBB Holding AG, Berlin / Germany

2001

15. Bundeskunstwettbewerb, published by German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Bonn / Germany

 

Kristina Girke – ein Porträt, EDITION “direkt”, Moderne Klassiker 4/2001, published by Aventis, Frankfurt (Main) / Germany

1999

KunstRaum, published by Reinbeckhallen, Berlin / Germany

1998

Kristina Girke – Autoretratos del Alma, published by GOETHE-Institut, La Paz / Bolivia