Salve, the first solo show with the gallery, features new works including two large abstract paintings titled Salve and two smaller paintings on canvas, titled Art Rest 1 and Art Rest 2. Developing his practice, Kratz emphasizes the physical gesture of his artworks, combining the environment and the architecture of the place where his work is shown.
A magenta column and a light pink wall complete the project here showcased, where the space turn into a pictorial atmosphere, inspired or defined by colors. The animation in a three-dimensional scale and its choreographic set-up gives to the paintings a peculiar overview.
With his last production, Thomas Kratz artworks appear more minimal, abstract and occasionally monochromatic. He works across a variety of media, including painting and performance art and, on this occasion, minimal gestures leave their traditions of figuration as well as their convention of abstract painting behind. His works operate outside the modern thinking, engaging instead with a rather speculative, nonhierarchical and hybrid approach. Kratz considers painting as part of a dynamic network of material and immaterial agents.
Salve by Thomas Kratz
Giorgio Galotti, Turin
Through May 31
photos: Cristina Gavello