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Katharina Grosse’s Acid Trip- Just the Two of Us

Katharina Grosse’s Just the Two of Us at Brooklyn’s Metrotech campus is sort of like an acid trip. Her works are like 3D paintings come to life- 18 sculptural forms that seem like snippets of paintings, and make me feel like I’ve fallen into a scene from The Science of Sleep or Alice in Wonderland. How awesome it will be for locals to day dream amongst these fantastical pieces during their lunch hours! You have almost a whole year to see it- the exhibition goes until September 14, 2014.

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For the past two decades, Katharina Grosse (b. 1961, Germany) has pushed the limits of painting, expanding the traditional notion of the canvas in both form and content. Interested in the spatial dimension of paint, Grosse wields a spray gun rather than a paintbrush, creating
abstract and illusionistic layers of color and texture on unconventional surfaces. Grosse’s painting has transformed objects and environments as familiar and unexpected as building facades, piles of earth, domestic spaces, and abstract forms.

For Just Two of Us, Grosse has placed eighteen large, irregularly shaped sculptures in two separate clusters between the trees of the plaza. Like cosmic siblings, these craggy peaks call to mind unearthly forms: a jagged Technicolor quarry or piles of meteor debris. In contrast to their monumental scale and brutal shape, the ridges and valleys of each object create a delicate interplay of depth, movement and light. Veiled with Grosse’s diaphanous paint, they erupt in color as the boundaries of each plane are obliterated, transforming the plaza into an otherworldly landscape of vivid hues and undulating forms. –

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