Genaro Strobel, Shining Bright, 2022, wood engraving (cherry), 197,3 x 261,4 cm, courtesy PRISKA PASQUER, Cologne
Genaro Strobel’s exhibition “Shining Bright” features a selection of four medium-sized wood engravings produced in Berlin and Vienna in early 2022 along with a previous one from 2018. Strobel first presented four of his “Farbkreise” (“Color Wheels”) at his exhibition “Size” held at Kunsthalle Darmstadt in 2021. Measuring 4 meters tall and 7 meters wide, they easily filled the main hall there. Displayed in an informal setting overlooking the Rhine (the Priska Pasquer Gallery’s temporary home in Cologne), their theme takes center stage. In a nutshell, color is Genaro Strobel’s theme. Instead of the photogravure and letterpress inks he’s previously experimented with, this marks a return to artists’ oil paints, no doubt because of their unsurpassed radiance and their spectrum – and also perhaps because he’s seeking to get closer to painting.