Down to the Core
In our times when superficiality is omnipresent having an adverse effect on contemporary artistic practice reaching out deeper into the core of things is a happy alternative. Core as the essential deeper substance underlying universal phenomena as well as artistic production is always worth taking a closer look especially in the times of crisis like pandemic, war and political instability. In her work Artist Heikedine Günther treats the concept of core as her major subject. What is the core of color, the essence of vision and how does core relate to the cosmic light and darkness? The paintings by Günther consist of multiple layers of color pigment applied one upon the other whereas the golden color serves as the very basis. This is responsible for the mysterious luminosity that shimmers through to the very surface and all along the contours of the oval elongated forms dominating the composition.
The floating shapes work directly on the soul without destraction of subject matter or content. The paintings convey a unique equilibrium of color planes that evoke Goethe’s farbenlehre and offer a contemporary interpretation of the centuries-old tradition of rendering of color and light in painting.
Heikedine Günther’s paintings invite us to think of various stages of sublimation from physical to spiritual states that could be represented by geometric forms. The duality of figure and ground adds extra luminous vibrations to the picture surfaces. The non-perspective conception of space and anti-materialist idea of form characteristic for her work appeals directly to the mind of the spectator due to formal simplicity, subtle variations of color tones that results in a certain rhythm. The core paintings bring to mind celestial motion of the planets caused by cosmic energies that are translated into ranges of intense color applied onto canvas. The shimmering colours accentuate the Greenbergian “optical illusion” of painting and the flatness of its support. One’s eyesight is fascinated by the play of luminosity produced by the optical space created by the artist’s hand.