maria schumacher
pure comedy
8.5.–7.8.2021
galerie burster karlsruhe

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down the rabbit hole, 2020
oil on canvas
170 x 120 cm

 

maria schumacher

Unbroken color surfaces in blue, gray, red and yellow, but above all: grids and intersecting lines, sometimes in strictly closed, sometimes in open dynamic arrangements, characterize Schumacher’s latest works. Her figurative-theatrical motifs fit into a phase of work that began in Schumacher’s exhibition SYSTEMS OF EVASION at galerie burster berlin in 2020:

“Bodies drift towards each other, none of the parts touch the edge of the picture. As if a cookie cutter had been at work; as if they were saying: There is the world, and we are parts of it.“
(Lina Morawetz, All the whales in the wider deeps)

What is the relationship between us human beings and the world in times of neoliberal constraints and an omnipresent culture of communication, and how is it possible, if at all, to press this relationship into a picture through painterly gestures and graphic compositions?

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maria schumacher
wash your hands, 2020

wash your hands #5, 2020
oil on paper
29,7 x 21 cm
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wash your hands #8, 2020
oil on paper
29,7 x 21 cm
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wash your hands #1, 2020
oil on paper
29,7 x 21 cm
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maria schumacher
etching, 2020

Maria schumacher’s works show our constant conflict between the essential search for meaning and hopeless meaninglessness and at the same time counter this absurdity in fearless clumsiness and in deep mistrust of human ideals, absolute self-control or absolute control of a thing.

If one understands the absurd, based on Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus, as the bond that connects us human beings with the world, then it is Schumacher’s works that can perhaps make this bond tangible and visible for a moment.

mute majority, 2020
etching, framed
40 x 30 cm

maria schumacher
pure comedy, 2020

pure comedy I, 2020
pastel on canvas
135 x 90 cm
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pure comedy II, 2020
pastel on canvas
135 x 85 cm
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photo: studio ke-lamo

maria schumacher

Schumacher (*1983 in Bucharest, Romania, based in Leipzig) studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig under Heribert C. Ottersbach and Neo Rauch as well as at the San Francisco Art Institute, USA.

“Although there is a form of attachment in all of Maria’s paintings, the paintings are anything but indecisive. They are inclined towards the fearless, the savage, and in their intrepidity they do not dwell on pleasantries”
(Lina Morawetz, All the whales in the wider deeps)

However, one will search in vain for a clear offer of reception in Schumacher’s works. Rather, through the dynamic, multifaceted application of her very own methods, it seems to continually elude tangibility and thus shows many parallels to the nature of our present day reality.

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