5 Sep 2020 — 27 Sep 2020
Ruttkowski;68 in Paris presents a solo exhibition by Thomas Wachholz titled Alumettes Amorphes. Wachholz examines the frameworks of specific industrial aesthetics on both a conceptual and a painterly level. For instance, matchbox layouts become motifs in his paintings that are defined in terms of various aspects of a historical-painterly evolution. In establishing the idea of a Conceptual Pop Art, as well as following the conceptual explorations of Blinky Palermo or Kenneth Noland, the artist playfully examines the limits and rules of painting. Having thus invalidated the mere assertion of the banality of everyday life, the artist focuses on intimate memories that could be universally associated with the boxes. The formal aesthetic rigor and reduction in no way diminish the poetry and charm arising from these paintings. The associated structures also provide insights into visual worlds that enable and even require original thought.