Dagmar Schenk-Güllich (Essen, Germany) Dance! Tribute to Pina Bausch


18.05 - 16.06.2013

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Program: [Exhibitions]

The main theme of Schenk-Güllich’s works is a moving, or dancing to be exact, person. She developed a unique artistic language appealing to visual art and at the same time to music which the artist refers to as the time-related. With that, her paintings not so much recreate dancing people like it was done by artists of the at the turn of the century, but rather communicate the exciting romantic feeling of the “stage”.

The artist’s love for dance is related to her personal history, it influenced her art greatly. She is particularly interested in ballet which she was learning in childhood – the art of dance is well developed and widely represented in the Ruhr area. Along with that Dagmar is also active as a journalist and critic. Always being in the thick of events, she participates in many competitions and knows all the key aspects of contemporary cultural life.

Format of her dance performances – movements of her body. The artist generally works with canvas which oftentimes isn’t fixed in a frame but rather unfolds like an oriental scroll. Her technique is innovative – instead of traditional paints she uses liquid polish which she applies with a spatula. The specific feature of this technique is that once polish is applied, nothing can be altered, it is necessary to act instantaneously. It is what attracts the artist the most. Color, structure, brushstrokes, space of a painting is defined by her movements alone. Like an actor she creates her own plot, empowering it with her feelings and emotions.

Dagmar does not work with traditional perspective, her space is that of a stage. And thus, attention of the audience is drawn downstage. Pure white background became characteristic for her artistic language. A moving person, the main theme of her art, is more clarified and thematized with every new turn and point of view.

Dagmar Schenk-Güllich was born in Nuremberg, homeland to A. Dürer. Dagmar is an artist with a wide range of interests. In particular she pays a great attention to visual art. Basis of her art is extensive and diverse. She created platform for her following occupation when she was 16. She continued to learn art theory and history, musicology and philosophy in the famous Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen and in the University of Essen.

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