3 parts: each 100 x 100 cm
Oil on canvas
Collection Museum Haus Konstruktiv
Donated by the artist
Balken V [Beams V]
The paintings of Franziska Zumbach (born 1959 in Zug, Switzerland) reveal an affinity to color field painting and textiles. Several of her works consist of thousands of small color fields, while others show painted lines of color that meander across the canvas, flowing together to form a vibrant river of color. The impression of a textile results from the grid structures and the color pairings of geometrical forms. The color patterns follow a precise system in which dynamic color fields are created that remind us of fabric. The pigments Zumbach uses are bound in oil and alkyd resins and create a wide range of color depth. The artist applies the individual shades in layers, and after letting them dry, treats them with extremely fine sand paper. Depending on how much pressure is applied, the paint decreases in volume and partially exposes one or more of the underlying layers. When only lightly sanded, the surface of these pictures appears homogenous at first glance, but on closer inspection a subtle sheen of the layers beneath can be detected. What from a distance looks like a monochrome surface thus turns out to be a vibrant field of countless color squares that reveal constantly changing outlines and forms, depending on the position of the beholder.
Franziska Zumbach occasionally varies her approach by applying an undiluted layer of oil paint in which she draws fine to extremely fine lines with a brush while the paint is still wet. This method enables the artist to create unexpected compositions – for example, a subtle relief that suggests an almost imperceptible three-dimensionality.
According to Franziska Zumbach, her primary interest lies in the luminance and feel of color. This reliance on the power of color is very noticeable in her work, along with the rhythmic and dynamic components. In this respect, her oeuvre shows an affinity with both Sonia Delaunay’s vibrant color compositions and Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s rhythmic, geometrical compositions and late line pictures.
Dominique von Burg