Ludwig Forum

Ellen Gronemeyer

13 Apr - 22 Jun 2014

© Ellen Gronemeyer
13 April - 22 June 2014

Curators: Dr. Brigitte Franzen, Josephine Mengedoht

If the pastose application of paint, the grimacing faces and the injured surfaces by Ellen Gronemeyer remind you of Asger Jorn or Karel Appel you are not entirely off base. Gronemeyer however celebrates painting as if there was no yesterday – most recently as a participant at the exhibition “Painting Forever!” in Berlin.

The Ludwig Forum Aachen will house the young artist’s first museum based solo-exhibition from April 13 until June 15, 2014.

Expressive and often in grotesque shapes, Gronemeyer formulates portraits of catlike artists, headless suits or pointy-nosed ladies. At first sight her pictures seem to confirm all that the viewer knows about figurative painting since the 1950s. On closer observation however, one starts to doubt these presumptions: Quotations from a pictorial comic language comment the chapped surface, restraining the action through aloof interventions and hereby questioning an all too one-sided perception. Surprising ambiguities are disclosed that reveal the artist’s profound and somewhat playful world of ideas.The work titles often refer to the change between painterly action and intellectual comment. A match that lends depth and contemporaneity to Gronemeyer’s paintings – although she opposes the Zeitgeist with its über-intellectual installation art.

Together with the Ludwig Forum the artist will select around 30 of her works for the presentation.

Ellen Gronemeyer (*1979) studied i.a. under Stefan Dillemuth und Werner Büttner at the HfBK Hamburg. She lives and works in Berlin.

Tags: Karel Appel, Werner Büttner, Brigitte Franzen, Brigitte Franzen, Ellen Gronemeyer, Asger Jorn