SETAREH is pleased to present 'Studio Views', a new online series displaying recent works of artists represented by the gallery. This Viewing Room highlights the latest works by Janes Haid-Schmallenberg.
Janes Haid-Schmallenberg creates paintings in which the narrative is riddled with hyperbatons. Leaving the considered normal way of telling a story aside, the artist is interested in the movement within the compositions. The eyes move from one figure to the next, opening with each stare questions on the action, the physique and the narrative. The elements never stand out for themselves; they are interconnected. As Charles Baudelaire said ''the beautiful is always bizarre'' and it is exactly that apparent random composition what retains the gaze in Haid-Schmallenberg's work.
After working on a series of sculptures, Haid-Schmallenberg brings a new mindset to his paintings. Working on sculptures required patience and dedicating several days to one artwork without seeing the result until the very end. Painting, on the other hand, implies immediacy. As it has a direct result, it allowed the artist to focus on action, portraying concepts quickly and in a pragmatic way. But in these new works, Janes Haid-Schmallenberg translates the slower tempo, experienced in the tactile media, to the canvas.
The ideas, which were previously expressed with quick gestures of oil paint on the canvas, are now extended in time, pursuing a greater development on colour, brightness and texture.
The pictorial space of the canvas serves as a stage for Janes Haid-Schmallenberg's painting technique. The protagonists, fantasy creatures, pets and human-like faces are structured by the abstract colour textured surfaces and its characteristic interiors. In a chaotic, but at the same time studied way, every component of the painting has its own place. Layers of different pigmental structures, whether in Haid-Schmallenbergs paintings or sculptures, shape the artworks' surface. Each in their individual style, express a variety of aesthetic experiences through their unique visuality.
Janes Haid-Schmallenberg tackles the tendencies that humans tend to follow. The up-do-date atmosphere makes the viewer want to linger a bit longer. The reality of the elements is challenged through colour, as the artist uses it as a tool to separate objects and beings from their reality. Tonalities that far from assuring them on the scene, liberate their shapes from its canon.
The forms diverge towards the unexplainable, the abstract. Synesthetic approaches to the release of constrained emotion, that is dramatically reimagined in vibrant pulsations. Forms and colour following the path of the untouchable, the ethereal.
Press release courtesy SETAREH.