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Lea Krebs
Aarau, 1984

The series of works by Lea Krebs (*1984 in Aarau, lives and works in Biel/Bienne) are characterized by her particular technique. She casts the material properties of color as the protagonist in her artistic work and studies its behavior on different surfaces. To this end, she first pours several layers of paint onto a sheet of plastic, which is then covered with the image carrier. After the acrylic lacquer starts to dry, the canvas or paper is removed, leaving clear traces of its creation. Due to this procedure, dense, relief-like surfaces emerge, which evade the artist’s direct intervention. By contrast, Lea Krebs deliberately chooses specific colors and their formal relationships to one another. Rough sketches and a multitude of material experiments precede the works in each case, resulting in abstract color topographies based on “guided coincidences”. While initially conceived as explorations on paper and later continued on canvas, the artist began casting individual form fragments with keramine and acrylic lacquer two years before. The slightly overlapping yet open array on a narrow shelf, shows how her painterly understanding of form and color unfolds beyond the rectangular picture plane.

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