Galerie Nathalie Obadia is delighted to be presenting the first individual exhibition in an art gallery in Brussels of painter and Berlin resident Frank Nitsche, under the title ‘Disko’.
These new works see the German painter, born in 1964 and trained in Dresden, further radicalising his language of shapes. The familiar geometrical themes are stylised even more clearly than before. It is not the dominant areas placed in the centre of the canvas that stamp the individual picture: instead, Nitsche shifts the focus of attention to the deviations and variations within the professed formal vocabulary.
Nitsche thus asserts himself further as an analyst among the living German abstracts. His method does not draw primarily on the dispute with traditions in the history of painting, like the Informel, or the American Abstraction, but instead harks back to the analysis of everyday objects, and above all, media images. He lays out this source material in precise collages. From a journalistic image of a catastrophe to images of medical and scientific progress, he arranges his material in formal tableaux, using common illustrations to build himself a fund of the contemporary formal language, to which he opposes his paintings as commentaries and reflections.
(text source: Galerie Nathalie Obadia)
(Image: Frank Nitsche, CUP-04-2008, 2008, Oil on canvas, 260 x 300 cm; Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Max Hetzler)
Frank Nitsche (b. 1964, Görlitz, Germany)
Frank Nitsche was trained at the Dresden Academy, where he became familiar with East German state-approved figuration. By developing a process that mimics media manipulation, Nitsche has arrived at a new definition of the image. His is an industrial gaze that gives rise to compositional innovation in painting today.
Nitsche's paintings are inspired by images culled from diverse sources—mass media, design manuals, architectural drawings. He compiles these images in photo albums, organizing them according to their formal attributes. Military equipment is placed alongside food items, an athlete next to airplane wreckage. It is his interpretation of this source material—both organic and technological—that gives rise to his complex forms.
(text source: Galerie Max Hetzler)
Education: Studied at the HfBK, Dresden, 1988 - 1993. Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (HfBK), Dresden, Diploma, 1988 - 1993. HfBK Dresden, MFA (under Professor Kerbach), 1993 - 1995. Scholarship of the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf, 1998.
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(Image on top right: Frank Nitsche,GOB-05-2012, 2012, Oil on canvas , 200 x 220 cm; Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Nathalie Obadia - Bruxelles)