• MAR 22 to JUN 02
    Solo Exhibition
    Tauba Auerbach: Tetrachromat


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 22 to JUN 02, 2013

    Event Location


    Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354

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    In Tauba Auerbach’s work traditional distinc­tions between image, dimensionality and content collapse. Surface, specifically the larger issues sur­rounding topology, has been a central concern in her recent paintings, drawings, photographs and artist books. Tetrachromat presents a lot of works from the series Fold. These paintings can be understood as an analogy that raises the possibility of a concept of four dimensions. In these paintings she twists and folds the canvas, ironing or pressing it such that the folds are embedded in the material. Then the can­vas is spread out and spray-painted while it still has its three-dimensional contour. The result – after the paint has dried and the canvas has been stretched – is an almost perfect registration of the previous three-dimensional form of the surface.

    The title of the exhibition plays on the notion of ‘tetrachromatic’ vision. People normally perceive the world around them trichromatically (in three colours). Humans have three types of receptor for the perception of colour with varying sensitivities: red, green and blue. A new theory exists that there may be a small percentage of people (only women) who have a fourth colour receptor, which makes them ‘tetrachromatic’. In order to play on such ideas of a fourth component which, if it could be proven, would radically change our view of the world, Auerbach employs two analogies in this exhibition – the spatial (the idea of a fourth dimension) and the spectral (a fourth colour spectrum).

    Although Auerbach draws much of her inspiration from mathematics and physics, her visual investiga- tions deal equally with the basic themes of art history. Her paintings raise fundamental issues in new ways, among them the depiction of three-dimensional real- ity on a two-dimensional surface, and the relationship between abstraction and representation. Auerbach interweaves discordant positions such as disorder and order, readability and abstrac­tion, permeability and solidity – phenomena that are usually viewed as incompatible – into unified surfaces and volumes.

    Curator : Solveig Øvstebø

    The exhibition has been initiated by Bergen Kunsthall, in collaboration with Malmö Kunsthall and WIELS

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