Torben Giehler, untitled, 2002, acrylic on canvas,
183 x 147 cm
Torben Giehler´s paintings combine the figurative with elements of geometric abstraction and colour field painting, creating, complex pictorial landscapes, which merge aspects of traditional painting with digital media.
Initially starting with a freehand colour drawing, Giehler records and reconstructs the drawing on the computer by experimenting with the colours, perspective and dimensions. This composition is then transferred onto canvas in acrylic paint in a manner which still allows room for improvised and spontaneous changes.
Whilst his earlier paintings are reminiscent of urban, but virtual landscapes, some of his latest paintings on show at Arndt & Partner suggest a shift towards geometrical abstraction of mountainscapes. Of dynamic intensity, the visual experience of his colour compositions oscillates between the recognisable pictorial event on the one hand and its transcendence into pure colour, form and space. His virtual landscapes and aerial views evoke sunsets fuelled by the emanations of our technological advance.
Or do we find in his paintings 21st century quotations of earlier painting styles? Without doubt Giehler succeeds in one of the central concerns of contemporary painting: the tightrope between figuration and abstraction. Combining aspects of new media with an modernist approach to painting, his work offers new ground for the discourse of contemporary painting.
Born in 1973 in Bad Oeynhausen, Torben Giehler studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. He lives and works in New York. After successfully exhibiting at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (1999), Leo Koenig Inc. in New York (2000) and Galerie Frank in Paris (2002), Arndt & Partner are delighted to present the first solo exhibition of Giehler´s work in Germany.