I wanted one last chance to see Weischer’s work before it disappeared from Grimm Gallery. You can read about my first impressions here.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to see on the walls that I hadn’t seen before. How does your perspective change between one viewing and the next? It had been almost a month, the welcoming atmosphere at Grimm brought me to the opening, but the thought of not seeing Weischer’s work again was what brought me back - with all of the moving and transitioning, there is no knowing where his work will be the next time I see it.
These transitions for an artist are mysterious, yes? Or is that just how I see it? It’s said that his exposure to the natural beauty of Rome was what opened up his rooms…. but is that really true?
What I noticed the second time around was that I found more peace in the process of Weischer’s work, which caused the content to make more sense. Yes, you can see the pull to nature in pallet and forms, but his solid commitment to certain objects recur again and again. Like the little bird that shows up perched on his chair in two different works:
Though I was confused by the composition of the two works below, upon second glance I see how these pieces resemble more of his work with the room than I first thought.
courtesy of Grimm Gallery
The spacial environments are there, the lines may not form the room perspective, but they interact the same. And all of the issues I had with the raised pulp area in the green piece below made more sense compositionally once I thought more of his past work.
And then I came across something I really didn’t notice before in the piece below.
When I looked close I could see that Weischer must have used his hands to rake across the canvas, removing the medium and creating quite a strong relationship with the jungle cat. I can imagine the swipe of a powerful paw as he drags his fingers through the pulp. Whether this is intent or my imagination - it connected me to the work.
And even look at this one, it totally looks like a cats paw:
In all, it will be exciting to see Weischer’s work again, surely he’ll return, but while we wait, here’s some more details that I didn’t quite get the first time around.
This has all be a great exploration, one that is going to continue for sure, but in the end, I can feel a need to create building in me like a flood rising - and the dam wasn’t crafted by the expertise of the Dutch, so it’s about to break. I have started looking for Studio space here in Amsterdam. Ha-Le-Lu-Ja.
I am planning another sensory overload for this Thursday at KunstRai - expect a barrage of pictures and over-stimulation in a post later this week. Email me if you want to come along - Hi@PetraBenach.com