The Drawing Center will present the first solo museum exhibition in North America of work by the Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser (b. 1973, Freilassing, Germany). On view in the Drawing Room from September 11 until November 18, 2010, Claudia Wieser: Poems of the Right Angle will feature a site-specific installation of optical and spatial illusions that foregrounds Wieser’s distinctive approach to abstraction.
Wieser’s work marks the experiential and intangible through precise geometries imbued with layers of spiritual, psychic, and phenomenal meaning. For her installation in the Drawing Room, Wieser will juxtapose a nine-foot prismatic wall relief constructed of glazed ceramic tile and mirrored facets with a new series of line drawings in colored pencil on paper. A geometrically patterned wallpaper, produced by scanning and enlarging handmade translucent paper collages, will serve as a backdrop for the drawings and mirror, creating the dizzying sensation of immersion in a Futurist painting.
Among other recent and historical artistic influences, Wieser is largely inspired by Formalism, Bauhaus color theory, and Le Corbusier’s ‘Proménade Architecturale’ walk-throughs. She gathers these diverse aesthetic approaches into an archive of universally resonant forms that engender associations with light, atmosphere, and natural phenomena. Testing the limits of traditional line drawing by creating seductive interplays between light and shadow, two and three dimensions, and tone and texture, Wieser’s art leads the viewer into contemplative spaces where the primacy of mark-making and viewing are fused. This exhibition is curated by Assistant Curator Joanna Kleinberg.