Online exhibition

Rolf-Gunter Service / Written painting

Accompanying the solo exhibition, which is presented on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Rolf-Gunter Dienst in the Stuttgart branch of the Schlichtenmaier Gallery from November 2 to December 1, 2012, we show here early and current paintings, gouaches and drawings.

If in the early works the amorphous or geometricizing forms still imply thoughts of oversized vegetation and ornaments, and the interaction of a bright color scheme with bold color combinations proves to be a distant relation to Pop Art, the later works, since the 1970s often based on a basic tone and executed in monumental formats, challenge the painter's perseverance even more intensely.
In recent years, Dienst revisits the color variety of earlier years, laid out in geometric structures whose supposed order reveals itself on closer inspection as a constructed disturbance. On the color surfaces that appear monochrome from afar, the dense rows of repetitive calligraphic abbreviations become visible up close. In this way, the pictorial structure of abstract geometric orders and surfaces in interaction with scriptural signs not only conveys space, depth and dynamics, but it implies traces of sensual affinity.

With his very personally pronounced means of design, Rolf-Gunter Dienst, born in 1942, succeeds in asserting a position of his own in art history by shaping the sensual content meaning of the image on a uniformly pulsating color surface with the pure act of painting in a poetically related way. Since Dienst uses color in conjunction with scripted elements, his works could also be called "written painting."
Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
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Saturday 11 – 16
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Tuesday – Friday 11 – 19
Saturday 11 – 17
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