● Born a. Darss
Die Seelen Scherenschnitte
8 May – 27 June 2021
Die Seelen / Souls
Martin Assig has been accompanying Galerie Born since the very beginning, as early as in the opening exhibition in March 2008 he was represented with a body of drawings. Thereafter, again and again in various group exhibitions, Die Seelen is the third solo presentation at Born a. Darss.
Since 2009, Assig has been working on the extensive series of drawings St. Paul, which has now grown to over 1,000 sheets, it is unknown whether the series is finished. Crayon, oil pastel, pencil and colored pencil, ink, watercolor, tempera and, of course, wax are the media used throughout this series. Materials that we can definitely encounter in the new Seelen series as well. But in addition to his paintings on paper, there are encaustic works on wood, a technique which we might know from his oeuvre in the 2000s. The novelty for me at the latest visit to his studio: larger format canvases and oil paintings were at the ready.
When looking at the new works, one thing immediately catches the eye: cut-out papers, often gouaches, to which Assig gives a new form by cutting silhouettes, are composed into the works and become their defining element, a third dimension seems to be introduced.
Again one finds words, thoughts, reflections, ideas of the artist on the particular souls. As in the series of works St. Paul, through the souls we can dive into Martin Assig’s spiritual vision. We encounter questions that are on the artists mind, and often probably on the viewer’s mind as well. An homage to Life and the perpetual search for meaning are evident. It is perhaps a bit of a stretch; in the Genesis creation story, the soul is breathed into the finished creation, the human being, at the end. Martin Assig succeeds in this while in process of working on the respective pieces, standing in front of them, it is not difficult to sense them – Die Seelen.
Matthias Fuhrmann, May 2021
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