art KARLSRUHE 2022

Still life 1/III
© Ralph Fleck / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Ralph Fleck

Stillleben 1/III / Still life 1/III, 2019

Oil on canvas
160 × 140 cm

on the reverse signed, dated and inscribed
(FLECKR/M 93)

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Ralph Fleck's book "still lifes" show sections of bookshelves in monumental size - the shelf itself is usually, as in the work "Stillleben 1/III" from 2019, only recognizable through the internal structure. In this case, it is divided into three rows of books, each subdivided by an intermediate shelf. What at first glance from a greater distance looks like a matter of course and, on top of that, like it has been photographed - one thinks one recognizes art volumes - becomes on closer inspection a systematic stringing together of quite abstract color stripes, which are loosened up gesturally. The book wall proves to be an astonishingly authentic fiction, but just as an invention by the pure color order - the content definition happens only in the minds of the viewer (there are similar book still lifes after models from the publishers Suhrkamp or Reclam, but also from foreign-language, for example English publishers, as well as in the form of layered art volumes): factually to see is only a bold play of colors. Fleck classifies this series of pictures as "working pictures", which in their meticulousness require a longer working process than, for example, the Alpine motifs or field pieces.
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