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Li-Wen Kuo

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*1980 Viernheim
2008–2014 Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, master student Prof. Gustav Kluge, Prof. Marcel van Eeden
Lives and works in Kopenhagen and Frankfurt am Main

Grants / Scholarships

2014 Graduiertenstipendium des Landes Baden-Württemberg
2013 Stipendium der Heinrich-Hertz-Gesellschaft, Karlsruhe
Förderung der Markelstiftung, Stuttgart
2011 Stipendium der Heinrich-Hertz-Gesellschaft, Karlsruhe

Solo exhibitions

2020 Als Phantom hatte ich mich gut eingelebt, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2018 Exchanging Realities, mit Alex Feuerstein, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2017 Abweichungen, Nordheim
2016 Watchlist II/2016, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2014 Kopfkino, Kunstverein Pforzheim Im Reuchlinhaus
2012 Tiento, Hoschschule Karlsruhe - Technik Und Wirtschaft

Group exhibitions

2020 Jetzt! Junge Malerei In Deutschland, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2019 Jetzt! Junge Malerei In Deutschland, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Museum Wiesbaden, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Museum Gunzenhauser
2018 Shape!, Galerie Burster, Berlin
2017 Nachts Allein Im Atelier IV, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2016 salondergegenwart 2016, Hamburg
2015 Hängung #1, Gersonhöger Galerie, Hamburg
Parallelaktion, Am Güterbahnhof Wolf, Basel
Ornament Und Verbrechen, Galerie Sebastianskapelle E.V., Ulm
22. Bundeswettbewerb, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn
2014 Galerie Ahnen II, Luis Leu, Karlsruhe
Top 14 - Meisterschüler, Kunstverein Pforzheim Im Reuchlinhaus
2012 Mmm Melting Pot, Städtische Galerie Pforzheim
17X8, Off Space #4, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Texts

Li-Wen Kuo adheres to a strong concept of individuality. The principle of seriality is alien to her work. Even where one believes to discover variations, each picture has grown out of itself, possesses its own power center that organizes it. Nevertheless, all images feed on the same source of light, which almost always comes to the surface as a glow. Where it does not, one senses its enigmatic presence, as if it were looking for a place to break out of the picture. This appearance has nothing to do with illusion. What is the visible, what is the invisible? Looming is the term used in English for the shadowy appearance of an object. Far away or seen through fog. Elusive and of doubtful identity. Such loomings occur in Kuo's pictures. It is not always the blurring of contour or the transparency of form that is responsible for the uncertainty of the gaze. There is something that eludes. It lies hidden behind the fullness that one sees. The austerity of the individual composition corresponds with a release of pictorial content. In their fundamental openness, the paintings establish a relationship to the viewer that has its ground in themselves. What Kuo strives for with her work is the inexhaustibility of this relationship.

With Malevich's Black Square, "painting" has reached the zero point of reduction. From it, only a movement into the positive is possible. Since then, the painter is confronted with the question of what he can still create or what he can create again. In addition to the perception of pure form, Li-Wen Kuo is concerned with approaching a core that cannot be described otherwise than "spiritual". Intuition and conscious guidance work as equal tools in this process. No element emerges in this approach without a connection to the other element. Kuo's attitude in this is to entrust oneself to the becoming of the picture, to learn to see it and finally to carry it on methodically. The inner logic of the composition transfers pure forms into atmospheric carriers. Therein lies a parallel to wordless, but by no means silent music.

Publications

Li-Wen Kuo | ø
work monography
2021, 128 pages
Publisher Kerber Verlag

 

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