Claudia Wieser: Poems of the Right Angle
In 2010, we presented the first museum exhibition in the United States by Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser. On view in our Drawing Room, Claudia Wieser: Poems of the Right Angle featured a site-specific installation of optical and spatial illusions that foreground the artist’s distinctive approach to abstraction. Wieser’s work explores the experiential and intangible through precise geometric figures with layers of spiritual and psychic meaning.
For the show’s installation, Wieser juxtaposed a nine-foot prismatic wall relief constructed of glazed ceramic tile and mirrored facets with a series of line drawings in colored pencil on paper. By scanning and enlarging handmade translucid paper collages, she created wallpapers that produced the sensation of immersion in a Futurist painting. Among historical artistic influences, Wieser was largely inspired by Formalism. Bauhaus color theory, and Le Corbusier’s “Proménade Architecturale” walkthroughs. Through her installation, Wieser tested the limits of traditional line drawing by creating interplays between light and shadows, two and three dimensions, and by leading the viewer into a contemplative space where mark-making and viewing are fused.
Claudia Wieser, Untitled, 2009. Crayon on paper, 27 ½ x 19 ⅔ inches (70 x 50 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Sies + Höke.
Claudia Wieser, Untitled, 2009. Crayon on paper, 11 2/3 x 8 ¼ inches (29.7 x 21 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Sies + Höke.
Claudia Wieser, Untitled, 2009. Painted and glazed ceramic tiles on wooden construction, 30 pieces, overall: 119 x 71 ½ inches (302 x 181.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Sies + Höke.