Stephen Westfall, Mr. Day, 2012, gouache on paper, 30 x 30 cm
At first glance the biographies of Martin Pfeifle and Stephen Westfall, two artists who became acquainted in New York this past winter, reveal little in the way of what they have in common. They come from different generations and live and work on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Martin Pfeifle has a clear sculptural orientation, his major emphasis being on room installations. The New Yorker Stephen Westfall stands wholly in the traditions of post-war American painting, which he reflects upon and develops further in his painting.
And yet there is obvious common ground: their occupation with intense colors and simple geometric forms and structures, as well as intelligent derivations and references - immanent to art, but also stemming from real experience. As an immediate reaction to their meeting, kunstgaleriebonn has been given the chance, within the third edition of its series Papier / Paper, to show the great interest these two artists share regarding the play of colors and forms and their corresponding artistic discourse.
We are introducing works by Stephen Westfall, this time showing monotypes and gouaches on paper. This artist constitutes a further important position in the American art scene in our gallery program. Using paper as a basic material, Martin Pfeifle will react to Westfall's works with a room installation and also show autonomous works on paper.