The Edge

The Edge

Szprynger’s resolutely abstract works on view establish a dialogue with the history of abstraction only to challenge some of its main premises. Using a dark color palette—which often verges on the monochrome—the artist assiduously fills each of her canvases with a multitude of thin lines to striking optical effects. The resulting surfaces, despite their inherent two-dimensionality, appear textural.

Challenging the dominant modernist narrative of pictorial flatness, Szprynger does not discard painterly illusionism, while her abstract compositions elicit haptic engagement and prompt the spectator to undertake the quixotic effort of uncovering what lies beneath. These fictive spaces which Szprynger creates—and which the viewer can but attempt to enter—are filled with paradoxes, appearing at once meditative and frustrating, organic and inanimate, fixed and elusive.

While Szprynger’s non-objective work forges its own idiosyncratic path, the artist’s multifaceted practice remains in a constant dialogue with its art historical past. Szprynger’s commitment to non-objectivity situates her painting in the long-standing tradition of Polish abstract painting—from Henryk Stażewski’s efforts to establish a new constructivist vocabulary during the interwar period to Wojciech Fangor’s attempts to thrust color into the three-dimensional space in the aftermath of 1956 cultural thaw. Moreover, the artist’s technique, characterized by a laborious process of line application, goes beyond the artistic tradition of her home country, finding a precedent in the oeuvre of the American abstract painter, Agnes Martin, whose grid-like structure Szprynger productively disrupts.

The Edge

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