12th of April - 11th of May 2020
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Anja Stemmer is a German abstract artist located on Munich. Her paintings derive their power from a mix of untamed emotion, vibrant yet differentiated color, and layers of decisive gestural brushstrokes –she frequently uses acrylics and pigments in various binders. Educated in physics before finding her calling in art, her artistic research is grounded in philosophy and often comes with allusions to the natural sciences.
Red Hot Chilli I. 80x80
Anja Stemmer studied with German abstract painters Peter Tomschiczek, Peter Casagrande, and Jo Bukowski. She has exhibited extensively in Germany, as well as in England, Denmark and Austria. Her artwork is listed in private collections in the US, Africa and various European countries and her work has been featured in several contemporary art fairs. We have conducted an interview with her.
Red Hot Chilli II. 80x80
Divine Comedy 90x100
Why do you think painting the unseen is interesting/important?
An epigram of Erich Kästner, Socrates appropriated, beautifully sums it up: It's true: The questions are the ones from which what remains is born.
Think of that child's question: "What does the wind do when it's not blowing?"
Two of us 40x40
Bent over backwards 40x40
This theme is about knowledge and searching, learning and exploring… I believe that asking myself philosophical questions is important to keep my artistic practice alive. I find out new artistic approaches every day by thinking about "What does the wind do when it's not blowing?"
As a scientist - I studied physics a while ago - you might ask yourself: Has the possible answer got something to do with the rotation of the earth, with air pressure, with meteorology? Or does the wind simply not exist, when not blowing – since the phenomenon is defined by the movement of air?But as an artist, you would also explore the individual emotional and philosophical aspects of the natural phenomena.
Pick me up 40x40
How do you capture the action paintings, what is your process?
Children often recognize immediately how I work: I actually throw fluid paint at the canvas. Sometimes I fling it at a certain angle and with a twist of my shoulders and wrist – and often I nudge it a bit further, if it forms puddles. It’s pure fun! Spray paint can be a step in my process of adding layers on top of each other – respecting of course the time it takes the work in process to dry. If you push forward too fast, not yet fully dry colors will blend into the layer on top, adding interesting effects to the overall composition. Working with media like shellac, acrylics and oils, the repulsion of one medium against the other often adds a component of the unforeseen to the overall outcome. Nevertheless I find myself in the driver seat, selecting the colors, movements, directions, and making choices between transparency and opaqueness or guesses of how media will interact with each other.
Which are the artistic and less tangible 'ingredients' of your action abstract art works?
Motivation, creative will, spontaneity, flexibility, openness, curiosity, courage – these are the ingredients of my action painting series of abstract artwork. There is so much in life that we cannot control, but we can use our creativity to make something really interesting out of the chaos! If both, myself and the beholder can appreciate the process and the results, I’ve reached one of my artistic goals. I aim to share associations and inspire other people to pick up some of the energy of the creative process.
Abstract Movement 70x90
The observer 80x100
Who has influenced and inspired you in your art?
Living in Munich, I am in the privileged position to see a lot of contemporary positions on exhibition in the local museums and galleries. Artists whose works have influenced and inspired me are Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning (especially the late paintings) and the German painter Bernd Zimmer.
PAINTING THE UNSEEN
Aerial I. 60x70
Aerial II. 60x70
Flock of Birds 50x50
Loft I. 70x60
Loft II. 70x60
Loft III. 70x60
Loft IV. 90x70
Loft VI. 60x50
Loft VIII. 70x60
Loft VII. 60x70
Momentum I. 80x80
Morning Dew 50x60
Scarves I. 30x30
Scarves II. 30x30
Unseen Landscape I. 50x50
Unseen Landscape II. 50x50