Temporary Ground

Frank Gerritz

13 May 21 — 29 Aug 21

Frank Gerritz, Center I, 1991/1992, Schroth Collection, Soest. Photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert

"See, think, execute — this directness of drawing is something that interests me."

Frank Gerritz

Frank Gerritz is a sculptor. His works evolve by interacting with the surrounding space. He marks aluminium Dibond panels in black crayon (oil pastel). The medium is thickly applied, so that the surface appears completely sealed, while still retaining the texture of the strokes. But in Gerritz’s case, black isn’t just black. The obscured silver surfaces of the anodized aluminium still reflect the room around them, so that a shimmer appears to ‘float’ through the blackening — a vestige of light, altering depending on where you stand and the level of illumination in the room. Gerritz casts blocks of iron, based on the dimensions of his own body. Their ‘footprints’ flow into his initial prints on paper, and provide the scale for the works’ display in relation to the wall.

Spatial thinking imbues his work: sculptures begin at floor level, reflect off the wall and, as drawings on MDF board or aluminium panel, from there redefine the surrounding space.


Iron foundry in Kaiserslautern


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Frank Gerritz, born in 1964 in Hamburg, is an artist whose thinking literally moves in space. Starting from the floor, his work spills over onto the wall and from there works back into the room. Among other things, the sculptor works aluminum panels so densely with a paintstick (oil pastel) that their surfaces appear closed on the one hand, but the structure of the application remains visible on the other. Black is not equal to black; where the silver-anodized aluminum surfaces reflect the room, the darker parts of the surfaces reveal a shimmer, a residue of light that changes depending on the viewpoint and illumination. The drawn surfaces — graphite pencil on MDF panels or paintstick on aluminum - develop a materiality characterized by blurred reflections, thus transferring the surfaces of the two-dimensional image carriers into a spatial dimension. In addition, Gerritz casts iron blocks oriented to his body dimensions, whose standing surfaces are the basis for first prints on paper and define the proportions of his sculptural works in front of the wall. The catalog reveals the essentially spatial nature of the wall objects and sculptural groups, while also unfolding the details of the works.

Frank Gerritz — Temporary Ground
Edited by: Jörg Daur, Lea Schäfer
144 pages with 53 illustrations on 81 pages, German/English
29 x 24 cm, hardcover, Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH 2020
ISBN: 978-3-86442-351-2
26,— Euro (shop)

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