GRAUORANGEROTWEISS + SCHWARZ
We are pleased to announce Peter Tollens’ first solo show at Thomas Rehbein Galerie.
To truly understand the work of Tollens we quote some passages from a text by Joseph Marioni: (...) The visual experience that we call color is not the paint medium; it comes from the relationship between the pigment in the medium and the light on the medium. The pigment engages the light waves and divides them according to its chemical compound; absorbing some waves and reflecting back others. Pigment divides light. Color is the means by which we see the light. We identify that light as a certain color such as yellow or blue within a full spectrum of light waves. Lights of different frequency possess different hues. We designate the variety of colors by their light value and emotional temperature. Seeing the color shift in the light spectrum is the recognition of the movement of the light itself; (as opposed to the placement and moving of the light source). In the natural light of the day, all paintings are moving images because the Sun changes its visual temperature in the atmosphere of the rotating Earth. So the color of the painting shifts its position in the light spectrum. The Sun is the source of its being alive. It is the mover of the body paint. (...) Tollens’ painting presents the integrity and autonomy of the materials within the art form, and it is clearly evident that color is the subject of his paintings. (...) Tollens seems to be laying open the medium and it has the sense of reveling color from within. But the marks do not have the feeling of cutting away or tearing open the surface to see what is behind the paint, nor is he just marking up the wet paint to give the surface a texture. It is rather a laying down and building a paint skin in which each application is embedded in and interlocked with the previous marks. The brush marks do not stand alone as individual expressive gestures of the artist, they are subsumed into the surface of the paint and function as part of a multi-faceted skin to capture and divide light. They lay open the medium to facilitate the presentation of the color. (...) With Tollens the brush simultaneously conceals and reveals the concrete actuality of the painting as the applied paint covers the surface of the canvas and the brush etches into and opens up the paint medium. It is a single act of application that cannot be separated into distinct components. (...) Peter Tollens is one of the great modern painters of our day.
Joseph Marioni, Painter