mtn space gallery is honored to present our inaugural exhibition Light~Waves, a solo show of Sabine Friesicke's newest work. Her captivating paintings in this series are composed of undulating waves of luminescent color. Friesicke applies acrylic paint in rhythmic patterns on linen and Arches paper. The alternating layers of highly saturated pigments and iridescent paints create an effect of movement and light that shift with the viewer's perspective. In addition to her Light~Wave series, the artist will show an installion of small collages made by using the back sides of older works as a starting point. The artist will be in attendance at the reception to meet guests and answer questions.
"My process-oriented paintings are about time and light. I am interested in depicting a reality which lies beyond that, which is visible to our eyes. I use the line, because it has no reference in the objective physical reality. In my recent work I have been painting wavy lines of color, which creates great movement on the surface. I am painting wave upon wave upon wave, using the paint in a liquid and translucent state. I am drawn to gold, silver and pearlescent paints, because these metallic pigments best reflect the light. I like my paintings to be experienced in response to shifting lighting situations."
"My inspiration comes from eastern philosophy, religion, the structure and rhythm of music and my response to the beauty of the natural world." Sabine Friesicke, March, 2021
Friesicke's paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe since 1991. Her work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, NY; Harvard University Art Museum; Davis Museum, Wellesley College; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe and the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany.
Friesicke was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2010 and a Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 2012. Her recent solo exhibitions include 2019 Zeit-Sichten/ time-views, (with On Kawara and Hanne Darboven) Galerie Borssenanger, Chemnitz, Germany; 2019 Die Zeit, die Zeit, Studio Donata Wenders, Berlin and 2018 Zeit Zeichen/ studio im Hochhaus, Berlin, mit Inge Krause. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, Friesicke studied Freie Kunst (MFA in liberal art) at the HFBK Hamburg (Academy for Visual Arts), with Kai Sudeck. She also attended the Liberal Academy of Arts, Hamburg (founded by Joseph Beuys). Friesicke lives and works in New York City and Berlin.