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Painting with ColorKatharina Grosse

April 17, 2015

Shown in her studio and at Johann König Gallery (both in Berlin), artist Katharina Grosse discusses her use of color when painting on three-dimensional and flat surfaces. “I like this anarchic potential of color,” says Grosse, who paints very rapidly with an industrial spray gun.

Grosse explains that despite an early interest in language and reading, she was attracted to painting because of its non-linear qualities. She elaborates further saying that painting “compresses time, shortening the process of thinking and acting.” Among the works featured is an exhibition of the artist’s paintings on paper at Johann König Gallery in Berlin.

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Credits

Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producers: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Claus Deubel & Mark Walley. Sound: Oliver Lumpe & Angela Walley. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Katharina Grosse, Johann König Gallery and Nasher Sculpture Center. Archival Images Courtesy: Katharina Grosse. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

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Katharina Grosse

Katharina Grosse is a painter who often employs electrifying sprayed acrylic colors to create large-scale sculptural environments and smaller wall works. Interested in the shifts of scale between ‘imagining big’ while being small in relationship to one’s surroundings, she explores the dynamic interplay between observing the world and simply being in it. By uniting a fluid perception of landscape with the ordered hierarchy of painting, Grosse treats both architecture and the natural world as an armature for expressive compositions of dreamy abandon, humorous juxtaposition, and futuristic flair.

“I like this anarchic potential of color.”

Katharina Grosse

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