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  • Provenance

    Galerie Matthias Kleindienst, Leipzig

  • Literature

    A. Heil and W. Schoppmann, eds., Most Wanted, Cologne, 2005, p. 29 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Matthias Weischer's paintings use architecture as a principal theme to explore the possibilities of spatial illusion. His elaborate interiors created by staggering and layering planes of color, are pure inventions based in a quiet subversion of logic. Obsessive patterning, peculiar perspective and embellishment of off- kilter positioning are used to create psychological tension. His views of rooms are reminiscent of installation. Through the banality of design, Weischer presents a state of contemporary consciousness where living is reflected as both desire and anxiety. In the present lot, Untitled (Red Table), Weischer's rich surfaces contrast geometric fields of hard-edged abstraction with highly rendered details to create an eerie play between flatness and three dimensional space. Starting with a blueprint of an empty room, Matthias Weischer builds his imagined locations layer upon layer. Suburban normality is infiltrated by an almost unnoticeable surrealism and monotony is presented as a perpetual labyrinth of contemplative wonder. Always devoid of human presence, his interiors give no hint of narrative; their décor is untraceable in fashion timeline, and there are no clues to their inhabitants' personalities. Instead, they operate as blank showrooms for the viewer's projection, blurring the boundaries between public and private, individual and communal experience.

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Untitled (Red Table)

2002
Oil on canvas.
29 1/2 x 35 3/8 in. (74.9 x 89.9 cm).
Signed and dated "M. Weischer 02" on the reverse.

Estimate
$180,000 - 220,000 

Sold for $307,200

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York