Philipp von Rosen, Cologne
Gallery Philipp von Rosen shows a holistic installation by Florian Schmidt (born in 1980 in Raabs an der Thaya, lives and works in Berlin).
For this installation Schmidt will create a group of new “paintings” and he will do a spatial barrier for the inside of the booth that allows the viewer to understand his two-dimensional works as elemental parts of a rather sculptural-architectural setting.
While his paintings are usually a conglomerate of materials (cardboard, wood, paint, sawdust) on a wooden frame, they do not depict anything (and are thus no images of
something), nor are they abstract products of color applied with a brush on canvas. Still, they are two-dimensional objects and thus belong rather to the realm of painting than to the realm of sculpture/object.
The production of these works can be described also as a way of recycling the materials. Each work depends on what existed before (as a remnant of an earlier piece). By relating one work to the other Schmidt is also somewhat imitating growth-processes that we know from cities and organic life.
The barrier in the booth creates a front and a back, it redefines the booth, which is no more just a display-box but rather an architectural space. And by adjusting the walls to
the size of the exhibited works (on the left the wall is shorter than on the right), Schmidt makes the experience of scale a vivid and understandable experience.