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Claudia Wieser

 

German, 1973

lives and works in Berlin

 

 

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claudia wieser profile drawing litho print

A trained blacksmith and internationally recognised visual artist, Claudia Wieser is best known for tranforming spaces with installations of colourful ceramics, geometric drawings and sculptures. As in her drawings, Wieser's three lithographs incorporate elegant forms in 23 Karat gold leaf with multiple layers of coloured shapes.

 

Influenced by the works of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, Wieser's images match an organic evidence of the hand-drawn mark with the perfection of precise compositional balance. This symmetry creates a meditative beauty that calms the spirit, inspires the mind and is a delight to the eye.

wieser braukessel

Untitled (2016)

 

Edition: 15

55 cm x 39 cm

6-colour lithograph with 23.6 Karat gold leaf

 

750.00 €

 

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wieser rainbow

Untitled (2016)

 

Edition: 15

55 cm x 39 cm

7-colour lithograph with 23.6 Karat gold leaf

 

750.00 €

 

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wieser wheel

Untitled (2016)

 

Edition: 10

55 cm x 39 cm

2-colour lithograph with 23.6 Karat gold leaf

 

450.00 €

 

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In collaboration with Keystone Editions, artist Claudia Wieser has expanded her delicate images into the medium of lithography for the first time. These three works on paper continue Wieser’s exploration of constructed balance in shape and colour, of relationships formed by triangles, squares, circles and arcs. This conjoining of geometric shapes creates a harmonious melody that, despite the precision of the arrangement, resists the tedium of purely rational rigour. Instead, Wieser’s compositions extend across the surface of the sheet with a lightness and playful character.


The absolute perfection in her constructions is contrasted by the vibrations of countless tiny strokes that fill each individual form. These strokes furthermore make visible the passage of time, when movement creates a line from a point, a surface from a line and a space from a surface (see Paul Klee, Creative Confessions). Wieser treats the sheet of paper rather as a space instead of as a flat surface, into which she places the geometric forms, ultimately transforming their impression on the viewer. Although the format of two of the images is the same (55 cm x 39 cm) they appear to be different: the grey field seems optically widened by the circle, and the blue background is stretched upward from the centre.
Her work is characterized by the interaction of different moments. The resulting elegant perfection does not conceal the process of its becoming: the stringing together of individual strokes. Nor does whole conceal its individual components: each stroke, each line, each arc and every intersection of two forms plays an important role in the overall equilibrium of the image.


Two essential aspects of her drawings - the time taken and the interplay of the individual elements - are intensified in these prints. In order to translate such drawings into the medium of lithography, the whole must be divided into its individual parts and recombined in a new order determined by layers of colour. These layers are drawn by the artist onto aluminum plates and then printed on each of the 15 sheets of the respective edition. Gradually, the image builds up on the previously monochrome paper, each layer having to dry for one day before the next colour can be added. Lastly, several weeks after the first print run, the gold leaf is applied. Claudia Wieser’s lithographs are thus created not only by the superimposing of different materials, but also by the “superimposition” of layers of time.

 

 

Text: Ferial Nadja Karrasch

paul-lincke-ufer 33
10999 berlin
info [at] keystone-editions.net
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