Ink, lacquer, cutting, collage on paper
Dimensions: 80cm (H) x 190cm (W) x 3cm (D) / 31.5" (H) x 74.8" (W) x 1.2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This work is part of one of 4 on-going series of large works on paper.
The name of this series, "Cut", relates to the technique used by the artist, but also refers to the editing process in filmmaking, each work being produced from 'footage'-like paper strips prepared and assembled at a later stage, determining what will eventually be visible or not.
Kröner's starting point are two painted sheets of paper: a large background of heavy drawing paper, and a lighter, semi-transparent sheet cut into strips and reversed so that both painted sides face each other.
Following a self imposed rule, Kröner then positions the strips on the background so that every mark on this background coïncides with an existing mark on the paper strip. Everything else is random.
Constrained by this rule, the role of the artist is then to strike the right balance between chance and control, chaos and order, to achieve a result which is both aesthetic and challenging for the viewer. And undeniably beautiful.
Based in: Pforzheim
Harald Kröner is a German artist who could be described as "paper artist", producing essentially works on paper and collages. His work involves also public installations.
Harald Kröner works thoroughly with paper, of which he is a notorious collector, whether it be artist paper, printed sheets, or papers collected in his daily life, transforming them into drawings and collages.
His works are made predominantly with coloured ink, but stain, lacquer, spray or enamel can sometimes be used in the creation process.
Lines, very present on his artworks, can be the result of a pencil stroke, a cut, the edge of a torn paper, dripping ink or the borders of collaged paper underneath his paintings.
Chance plays an important role in his work, which explores the limit between hazard and control, order and chaos.
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