Je suis la chaise
27 octobre - 8 décembre 2007
For his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Chantal Crousel, entitled “Je suis la chaise”, Michael Krebber presents a new series of 25 paintings. This series is the second episod of a trilogy which, was first shown at the Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln and will then be presented at the Maureen Paley Gallery, London.
Michael Krebber is one of the most important German artists working of the past two decades, He has exhibited widely throughout Europe and USA, although his work has rarely been seen in France. A central figure in the Cologne art scene since the 1980s and a frequent collaborator with Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Cosima von Bonin and Kai Althoff, Krebber has a conceptual approach to painting that questions the fundamental roots of the medium. He works within and against the conventions of painting. Krebber’s practice deals with ambivalence, provocation, intransigence and feinted gesture. His work is characterized by a multi-faceted vocabulary-the dismissal and recuperation of painterly qualities, the scrutiny of the boundaries of the picture plane, and the tension between representation and abstraction. This knowledge reverberates with an historical reflection of the medium.
" How figure and ground, form and format, surface and space, color and object, frame and wall, object and installation, light and place, material and reference, title and context, original and found material can be related to one another."
« I do not believe I can invent something new in art or painting because whatever I would want to invent already exists ». Rather than invent something new, Krebber's restrained brushstrokes leave a canvas open and full of possibilities. Like an unfinished sentence, his works leave the viewer guessing what might happen next.