Ethel Gutmannby Alison Roberts | 20.06.16
Ethel Gutmann works in the radical transformation of both physical and imagined spaces, toying with perspectives, boundaries, and the circumstances under which the audience experiences her work.
Frieze!, Image by Elad Sarig
Her process is that of adding and subtracting – exposing what has been there all along.
Installation Zero, Image by MTG
Site-specific pieces, such as Installation Zero and Fauves, are unique in the sense that they define aspects of the audience’s experience, such as visual and spatial orientation, visibility, and perception.
Fauves, Image by MTG
The artist has recently followed the natural path of expanding her painting process from the installation walls onto the canvas itself. Her paintings balance an outward appearance of abstraction with an inward precision, providing the possibility to see beyond initial layers.
Image courtesy of the Artist
Gutmann’s studio amplifies this notion of levels: having painted an alternate line of false perspective across three of her studio walls; the transformation which Gutmann consciously interrupted. Nevertheless, the initial dent had been made, allowing Gutmann to create art whilst existing within the artwork itself.
Images courtesy of the Artist
Artist portrait courtesy of Ariel Reichman