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Artist's Reception: Michael Schnabel and Ursula Kraft at Esther Woerdenhoff Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 19, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

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Exhibition Dates: March 3 - May 5, 2012

Reception with the Artists:
Wednesday, March 21
6:00 - 9:00 pm


The work of Ursula Kraft and Machael Schnabel is fantastic, grand, mythic. Kraft's work leans to the narrative while Schnabel to the landscape.

Ursula Kraft presents the end of her series Emerentia where she questions the dimension of the dream, metamorphosis, and myth. The works remind us immediately of ferry tales or legends, and it is true that the passage between childhood and adulthood is important to Kraft. These stories, old or new, repeated or invented seem to be the space between adult and child, story teller and audience, and form the middle ground between belief and disbelief. We are encouraged to form narrative around the introspective worlds Kraft frames, doing so is not only natural it is revealing of our own inner worlds, our own soul. Her use of reappearing characters lends well to spark our interest in a larger framework. The frames work well alone, but the more we see the more we can invent. The work is delightful and dark, mysterious and, though never before seen, hauntingly familiar. We want to spend time with the frames, reach back to an inner child, and create stories to recount to ourself.

In Michael Schnabel's Stille Berge we are presented with a divine sublime view of the Alpes. The giants rise through somber skies with a certain tranquility. It was in the evening that Schnabel caught the glimpse of the mountains that inspired the series- the Alpes in the dim light were to him idilic; he began to work to capture in still frame this vision, this sentiment. The immensity, the purity of these views present a grandeur of scale, do achieve the kind of sublimity that had only been achieved by painting int he past.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Esther Woerdenhoff Gallery

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