The solid colored works (in red, green, yellow, and brown) emphasize transparent texture, with diaphanous light flowing through the gaps in the weave, highlighting the subtle bumps and imperfections in the cloth. The color patterns are interplays of geometric dots, stripes, and printed leaves, further abstracted and reworked by the interlaced folds of the fabric.
While these works surely have a compelling decorative quality (a backhanded compliment in today's world), I very much enjoyed the delicate abstractions that Thiel has discovered in these mundane subjects. What could have been a clever set piece has become something altogether more elegant and ethereal than would have been expected.
- Constructing New Berlin at the Phoenix Art Museum (here)
- UBS Art Collection (here)
- DLK COLLECTION book review: Frank Thiel: A Berlin Decade, 1995-2005 (here)
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