is based on the idea of a colloquium. Four painters and an art historian are invited to discuss the subject of portraits in painting.
Our dialogue started on Monday, 14 June and will continue regularly until the day of the exhibition opening, probably in October/November 2021, and will be documented here and on the blog.
Felicity Brown (Norwich, UK)
Martin Holzschuh (Frankfurt/M, Germany)
Monika Romstein (Frankfurt/M)
Britta Kadolsky (Frankfurt/M) and
Carolin Kropff (Frankfurt/M).
We will contiune... .
The Colloquium does not claim at any moment to be a complete presentation and analysis of the subject and is aware of overlooking significant features due to ignorance. It does not intend to give definite and absolute answers to overall questions. The interest is rather directed to the mutual artistic exchange and the development of thoughts while speaking. 'Artistic' interpretation as a method is the focus. Intuition and inspiration in alignment with historical precedents, philosophical and social concepts are at the center of our conversations.
The portrait in painting is a genre that can stand for general "tasks" in painting, as an example of the relationship between painter and viewer and image and vice versa.
Over the centuries, the genre of portrait painting has been subject to significant changes. Far from any individualization in the early days to a realistic representation of physiognomy: a challenging subject for art in all times.
The colloquium has met several times and talked, philosophized and discussed the subject of portraiture and does not claim at any moment to be a complete presentation and analysis of the subject. It does not want to give assured and absolute answers to the general questions. Instead, the interest is directed to the mutual artistic exchange and the development of thoughts while speaking. The 'artistic' interpretation as a method is the main focus. In comparison with historical models, intuition and inspiration, philosophical and social concepts are at the centre of our conversations.
How differently the subject of portraiture is handled in contemporary art could be viewed and discussed with us on October 30, from 6 - 10 pm. The presentation was meant to take into account the individuality of each work. The selection is therefore not based on the lowest common denominator and a delicate balancing in favor of an optimized exhibition space, but prefers the independence of the individual positions in a rather undefined space.
About the artists:
Felicity Brown is a British artist and fashion designer. She studied art and textile printing at the Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.
Together with her brother Henry Brown she founded her own designer label and became part of NEWGEN, and this enabled her to show collections in London, Paris and New York. She has shown work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Handbag Museum in Seoul, and The Fashion Project at Bal Harbour Shops, Miami, alongside pieces by Jean Cocteau, Elsa Schiaparelli, Léon Bakst and Hussein Chalaayan. She has been collaborating with Carolin Kropff since 2015.
Martin Holzschuh was a master student of Michael Krebber at the Städelschule. He writes:
I also drew, and not infrequently, a drawing was a trigger to paint a new image, transformed by the materiality of colour. Increasingly, my paintings darkened into dark, almost abstract surfaces. When this reached an endpoint, I began to approach a figurative position again through sketching. The painterly dialogue with Felicity, Monika and Carolin is a good occasion to continue these new approaches.
Monika Romstein (b. 1962, Saarlouis) lives and work in Frankfurt. Romstein is known for her work with watercolours, oilpaintings and installations, ranging from large scale to small format. Being highly motivated by a dark, haunting and fable-like range of references, her work includes imagery from domestic realities as well as landscape elements. Whether surreal or narrative, her intense and detailed paintings are often perceived as controversial.The figures and spaces in the intimate formats of the watercolors are about the refusal to accept the dictates of evidence that constitute our reality space. Thus, sceneries appear in the watercolors that at first seem strange and enraptured, yet continually refer to aspects of our present and past.
Britta Kadolsky is an art historian (MA) based in Frankfurt. She studied art history and art education at Goethe University in Frankfurt after working for a long time in a major bank. She also paints and draws herself and approaches art both theoretically and practically. During her studies, she discovered her love for writing about art and has been running her own art blog 'Was kann Kunst' since 2020. There she prefers to write about modern and contemporary art and posts articles regularly.
Carolin Kropff studied at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie and Städelschule Frankfurt where she graduated. From 1989-1991 she worked as an assistant costume designer and men's tailor at the Theater Dortmund. From 1999 - 2002 she maintained studios in Madrid, Spain and 2006 - 2011 in Dubai, UAE. In 2020 she founded STUDIOSPACE Lange Strasse 31 in Frankfurt am Main. The project work is supported by the Kulturamt Frankfurt and the Fraureferat Frankfurt.
Her artistic work explores the relevance of cultural and communal inventions such as the archetype, myth, and traditional craft methods of making. Her interest lies in exploring the commonalities between image invention, creation and storytelling, and giving expression to their inherent possibility for communication, collaboration, and belonging to each other and to time. To this end, she increasingly makes use of folk art and participatory art forms.
The individual thought processes are documented in Blog posts.