Matthias Dornfeld - "Crème Brûlée"

11 Sep 2020 — 24 Oct 2020

Installation view of "Crème Brûlée", a solo exhibition by Matthias Dornfeld at Soy Capitán, Berlin
Photo: Nick Ash
"Crème Brûlée" is the fourth exhibition of Matthias Dornfeld at Soy Capitán.

Although Dornfeld’s abstractions play ‘rough around the edges’, an undeniable gentleness pervades this body of work. Taking them at face value, we can identify a certain exploration of the medium and the basics of human vision: Stripes and squares repeat the canvas’s outlines. Loose grids form a net, catching our sight while letting it flow through. Abstraction is visuality without recognition – but does it ever play out like that? How little does it take to make one of those hollow squares appear like, say, a sugar cube dipped in strawberry sirup? Another one reads like a map of a waitress’s movement around tables at a beer garden. None of these readings are correct, of course, but that doesn’t make them wrong. They are just non-exclusive, in as much as these paintings seek resonance with whoever is open to play: Practicing leaps of faith towards more open ways of seeing.