Alfonso Artiaco gallery is glad to announce the opening of its new space in Naples, in Piazza dei Martiri 58, May the 29 th, with the personal exhibition of Gerhard Merz “Fragments Napoli 2003”.
Gerhard Merz, born in 1947, studied painting at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Today he lives in Pescia near Lucca, Italy and in Berlin; he teaches at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art.
Since the last sixties of the last century Gerhard Merz has been developping a concept of painting in his art which is strongly influenced by architecturally oriented thought and the concept of the refinement of the developed work rather than merely a new arrangement. His work is infused with the conviction that is modernism, that uses architectonic means and follows the conventions inherent in art, e.g. dimension, color, light, aerea and space, that makes possible the form of abstraction in which no myths or surrogate realities are capable of making the sought-after void ineffectual. He swears by the advanced level of the means and methods which are instrumental in legimatizing in all clarity what Ad Reinhard has called the dividing line between “all else and art as a radical exception”. With his work Merz thus poses the fundamental question as to what an art that makes no false promises and is agnosticistic and cold is capable of acheiving.
In the exhibition “Fragmente Napoli 2003” Gerhard Merz shows the instruments for painting, drawing, sculpture, light, and architecture developped early in his career. It is an experimental arrangement, which through current productions and in its ideal figuration in respect to the architecture within a certain frame of artistic thought and in keeping with his own body of works engages in discourse that is, ats it were, quite contemporary. With the title “Fragmente” the artist alludes to his awarness of the goal of an overall integrity in art which always lends each new formulation of work the character of a transitory, newly adjusted scale of measurement.