text for catalogue
For several years Barbara Höller has drawn attention to her work by making image carrier and paint her exclusive task, where different aspects of paint are scrutinized in isolation as colour, material and stylistic quality. Like in a chemical laboratory she tests colourants for their drying and coagulation qualities as well as for the optical and physical alterations that result from the interplay of the different bases and surfaces. Hardly ever is the paint brush, the most original tool of painting, employed. Höller swaps it for a drill, syringes and pipettes for the working of the picture bases. These themselves are also questioned permanently in their conventional function and form: Höller decided against canvasses as a projection surface as early as the 90s. She chose thin wooden panels “floating” freely in front of the wall for her increasingly geometrically abstract compositions that were derived from mathematical principles and also included the edge and reverse side of the picture. Since the series drill (2001) and process (2003-2005) she has started to injure the image carrier with circular drillings and to extend them to a sculptural, object-like dimension. So the MDF-boards with 1 cm deep drillings that contain coagulated acryllic paint could also be understood as reliefs finished in colour; however, the colour effect – a process-like alteration of the shades of colour to an optically extensive colour gradient – is so strong that Höller’s direct dealing with the medium of painting is unmistakable.
Text for the catalogue »cross-painting« [3 Positionen] for the same named exhibition art.room.Würth, Böheimkirchen (AT) im Sommer 2008