22 May - 19 July 2008
Monica De Cardenas is pleased to announce the solo show of Christine Streuli.
After her exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007, she is back in Italy with new paintings created for the gallery space in Milan.
Christine Streuli (*1975) paints large colour manifestoes which draw their inspiration from different sources that the artist weaves into a dense fabric. In doing so she reflects on pictorial strategies and at the same time operates with the suggestive power of ornaments, patterns, signs and colours.
Her large, exceptionally colourful paintings are what gained Christine Streuli her reputation. In a relatively short time this much-travelled artist has become very successful. Between 2004 and 2006 she received the Swiss Art Scholarship three times in succession, and in 2007 (along with Yves Netzhammer) she represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale - as one of the youngest artist to date to be granted that honour.
In the context of contemporary painting Christine Streuli holds a special position: she operates with a multifaceted sign language that draws on the most varied sources from art history to Pop culture. Using symmetry, reflection and repetition, the artist develops patterns and ornamental structures. Often several ornaments intertwine in the same painting. The multilayered composition of her paintings derives not only from the superimposition of these elements, but also from the deliberate combination of different painterly approaches. Streuli is not a classical artist painting in the traditional way: she rarely paints with the brush. She often uses transfer techniques, as stencils, sprays and decalcomania. Despite this transposition and the meditative distance created, her paintings are very direct and emotional, not least because of the signs and the daring coloration.
The fact that Streuli does not directly paint the images in her works, but uses these indirect transfer techniques, gives the paintings themselves a larger autonomy, generating reactions, which aren't under the artist's total control. This singular way of painting openly reveals its modes of creation, enabling us to take part in the energy of the creative act, displaying the very act of painting.
The forms are not free of cultural connotations: they often make reference to European or Middle Eastern ornaments; the act of painting, while remaining fundamentally abstract, is charged with the evocative impulses of imagery.
Christine Streuli presently lives and works in Zurich. She studied in Zurich and Berlin, lived for several months in Cairo and New York. Recently she exhibited at Kunsthaus Aarau (2008) and Kunsthaus Lagenthal (2007) in Switzerland.
This year she has been selected to participate with a large painting project "Art Unlimited" in Basel.
CHRISTINE STREULI22 May - 19 July 2008
Monica De Cardenas è felice di annunciare la personale di Christine Streuli. Dopo la mostra al Padiglione Svizzero della Biennale di Venezia 2007, la pittrice torna in Italia con un gruppo di nuovi dipinti realizzati per lo spazio della galleria milanese.