"purple paranoia", Öl auf Leinen, 200 x 400 cm. Courtesy Galerie E. & K. Thoman, Innsbruck. Kom/M 070009
Saturday, 12 April 2008, 12 noon - opening Florin Kompatscher Der scharfe Rand der Erde (The Sharp Edge of the World). Introduced by Dr. Günther Dankl, Curator Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck.
From the speech by Jürgen Knubben at the opening of the exhibition by Florin Kompatscher at Forum Kunst Rottweil on 14 Sep 2007: … It is not just the colours and their substance, though,that are of crucial importance to Kompatscher's painting, it is the topics he describes in his pictures. Where quotes from art history play as much of a role as the confrontation with the present. … The painting, however, at all times oscillates between the figurative and the abstract. His new pictures, in fine classical oil painting, more and more clearly approach abstract, absolute painting. Yet the foundation of Kompatscher's art is the phenomenon of the landscape. When we look closely, we can make out mountain formations, valleys and gorges, rocks and rivers. But these landscapes appear to explode, to expand endlessly inside the picture and beyond. Everything is just hinted at, quoted. … His landscapes almost remind us of untouched nature, are deliberately set out, though, composed. This is landscape painting that, as subjective expression, seems to spring directly from the artist's soul. …And still, Kompatscher at no point is a pure romantic, a surrealist or also an idealist obsessed with nature who, backward-looking, conjures up everything that is past. He wields an ironical pen, as it were, in order to take a look at the present, to examine reality in view of a future that redresses the balance between nature and culture. The whole undertaking is not inspired by a moralist stance, though, it is calm and relaxed, it is playful and self-confident. Florin Kompatscher's art occupies a place somewhere between apocalypse and utopia. He is forever extending the borders of the medium of painting.
Florin Kompatscher was born in 1960 in Bolzano/Italy and has been living in Berlin since 2003. 1981 to 86 Academy of Applied Arts, Vienna. International exhibitions since 1985, most recently Purple & Asphalt, Forum Kunst, Rottweil (2007); Alles Andere ist wahr, Tyrolean State Museum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck; Die Lange Heimat, Kunstverein Heilbronn (2006). Working closely with Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck, since 1986. Contributed with five large paintings to Open Space Art Cologne in 2007.
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