Distanz Verlag, Berlin, with an essay by Ulrich Wilmes
German artist Katharina Grosse is one of the internationally most important representatives of contemporary painting. For more than a decade now, she has been working on a picture type that nullifies all borders and hierarchies between painting and space. In doing so, she replaces the brush with airbrush and compressor, the canvas with floors, walls, ceilings, as well as found, deliberately arranged or specially fabricated objects. The viewer finds himself in the middle of the picture, within a painting spreading into all directions that appears to fall off the walls or where the ground below one’s feet seems to falter. At the same time, Katharina Grosse continued the further developing of her canvas paintings in her studio. They will be published here for the first time. Whereas these pictures’ method of production and their approach are directly tied to Katharina Grosse’s extensive installation works, in their treatment of volume, they appear to be almost diametrically opposed to them.