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Emil Michael Klein

*1982 Munich, lives and works in Zurich

  • «Ohne Titel», 2019
  • Ulano-exposed silkscreen on Arches handmade paper, unique (all sheets are visibly different)
  • Edition of: 25
  • Size: 98,00 cm x 78,00 cm
  • Production: Siebschmuck, Zurich
  • CHF 580.00
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Emil Michael Klein's latest serigraphy is aesthetically inspired by his large-format abstract painting. The blasted surface details of the work were exposed through a ULANO foil and printed with four screens. In addition to a broad line constituting the picture - one of the artist's trademarks - the haptic quality of the work resulting from the application of paint and the overlapping of different layers of paint is particularly noteworthy. Each work has a slightly different application of paint and varies in appearance in this respect. The multi-layer primer, whose inherent grey presence consists of superimposed shades of black and white, is completed by the artist's monogram EMK in the lower right-hand corner.

Like the book of the same name, EMK, which was published on the occasion of Klein's solo exhibition "Darcotic" at the Kunsthalle Zurich in 2017/18, the monogram is a core element of his current oeuvre, which runs partly through Klein's works and constitutes them in their pictorial space. The monochromatic work, which like many others gets by without a title, subtly plays with the elements - colour, technique and pictorial space, i.e. it can be specifically assigned to a deconstructivist gesture. In the perpetual question of art's autonomy, the works of Emil Michael Klein turn less to the question of the absolute than to the thing itself, namely the sublimity of the artistic application of colour and its simultaneous decided imperfection on its carrier.

Emil Michael Klein had institutional solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Museum im Bellpark Kriens, the Circuit - Centre d'Art Contemporain Lausanne and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel. He was recipient of the following prizes, among others: Kulturförderpreis Wallis (2014), Kunstkredit Basel (2009 and 2007), Kunstpreis Manor Basel (2008).

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