The exhibition Mask at Kuttner Siebert Gallery is comprised of works on paper by Terry Haggerty, who has in recent years become known to a wide audience with his site-specific wall pieces and his paintings on canvas. His recent exhibition gives an insight into his drawings for the very first time. Monolithic forms, painted in black acrylic on plain, gridded paper are framed by fine, colourfully outer contours.
As Ursula Ströbele writes in the accompanying catalogue: “The partly entwining and overlapping black bands of colour conjure up associations with topological figures, much in the manner of the renowned Moebius band. The flowing transitions from inner to outer, from front to back, and the refusal to provide any concrete anchoring points, evoke an instance of disorientation upon first glance. Repeated observation is required in order to comprehend the entirety of the form across a succession of perspectival shifts. (…) They recall sculptural artefacts and space-bursting installations such as Max Bill’s Unendliche Schleife [Infinite Loop] or Richard Serra’s Matter of Time. As they disallow any definition of beginning and end, the gaze becomes drawn, during its search, into the folds to be consumed by the opaque and indifferent darkness. (…) On the whole, the drawings are founded upon a rough, dynamic style of paint application within the bounds of the outer contours, instead of the thoroughly professionalised, meticulously perfected surface glazes—requiring a myriad of precisely coordinated working steps—that have been characteristic of his work in the past. These present works allow for a spontaneous mode of working and the development of new formal concepts.”
31 March – 12 May, 2012