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Margaret Thatcher Projects

TWINS

  • Rainer Gross

Press for TWINS

Current Exhibitions at Margaret Thatcher Projects


Light Years: Celebrating 20 years of Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • Group Exhibition,
  • Opens: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TWINS

  • Rainer Gross
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ted Larsen

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

text me

  • Laurie Frick,
  • Ruth Greene,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Maria Park,
  • Richard Thatcher,
  • Daniel Weiner,
  • Michael Waugh,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Across This New Divide

  • Heidi Spector,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

minimal invasiv

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Turn Up the Heat

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Cathy Choi,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Vadim Katznelson,
  • Rainer Gross
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Venske & Spänle,
  • William Steiger,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Evan Stoller,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fountains

  • Robert Chamberlin,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Composition

  • Maria Park,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Far Closer

  • Robert Sagerman,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flight

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Danjerus Cable

  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Opens: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RECONFIGURED

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Adam Fowler,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

See Me, Feel Me

  • Frank Badur,
  • Teo González,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brice Brown

  • Brice Brown,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HYBRID FORM

  • Frank Badur,
  • Omar Chacon,
  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Joanne Mattera,
  • Richard Roth,
  • Opens: May. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Am the Fire

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wall Flower

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Suite Color

  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

H O T S P O T S

  • William Betts,
  • Gary Carsley,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Teo Gonzalez,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • David Mann,
  • Michael Seiden,
  • Maria Park,
  • Robert Sagerman,
  • William Steiger,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Opens: Jul. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vibrations

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Nava Lubelski,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hoping for Clear Skies

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Lula Mae Blocton,
  • Maureen McQuillan,
  • Maria Park,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sympathetic Strings

  • David Mann,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arch/Horizon Paintings

  • Teo González,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SPLASH

  • William Betts,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THRILLS

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Industrial Park

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Breeze

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawing Through: France & Poland

  • Tad Mike,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alternative Perspectives

  • Gary Carsley,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • William Steiger,
  • Raphael Zollinger,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Spectral Flux

  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As Above So Below

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

May 17 - Jun 23, 2018

  • Reception: May 17, 6 - 8pm

Where

Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • 539 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.675.0222

About

Margaret Thatcher Projects is pleased to present TWINS, the gallery’s second solo exhibition of New York-based German artist Rainer Gross. The exhibition features Gross’ continuing exploration of sensuous abstract paintings that are created by a unique technique developed by the artist. As their name implies, the TWINS compositions are two painted surfaces that the artist presents as a diptych, each panel imprinting on and mirroring the other.

Gross’ process is alchemic in nature. He first paints six or seven layers of different-colored pigments suspended in water on one canvas. These are neither a solid color nor a pattern, but each layer covers the last completely. He then applies an approximately 1/8-inch-thick layer of paint on another canvas of equal size, pressing them together and leaving them to “cure” overnight. Once the materials have dried, Gross pulls the canvases apart, revealing the parts of the surface that have adhered to the other. This idiosyncratic technique produces a consciously unpredictable crackled impasto landscape, a bit wild and seductive.

Gross, who is interested in the international and interdisciplinary Fluxus movement, finds titles for his TWINS by randomly selecting names from the phonebook. The paired paintings thus become a conceptual endeavor as the artist relinquishes control, allowing uninhibited fate and chance to assert their opportunity. Gross displays the lush, supersaturated canvases side by side, usually adding a twist by turning one of the panels 180 degrees. In an interview with James Kalm in The Brooklyn Rail, Gross states, “I don’t see them as abstract. They’re real to me. There’s some kind of birthing process that goes into them. I liked the distancing, the organic randomness of nature.” The esoteric series continues to flourish as the artist experiments with dramatic and venturesome color schemes.

Rainer Gross was born in Köln, Germany in 1951. He has lived and worked in New York City for 45 years. In 2017, Gross was included in the Beijing Biennale as a representative of Germany. In 2012, the Museum Ludwig (Koblenz, Germany) held a four-decade survey of his paintings. Other notable national and international exhibits include the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Lausanne, Switzerland), Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion (Champaign, Illinois), Kunsthalle Emden (Emden, Germany), Galerie Stefan Röpke (Köln, Germany), and Galerie Arnés y Röpke, (Madrid, Spain). Gross’ paintings are housed in numerous public collections, including the AT&T Corporate Art Collection, the Cohen Family Collection, the Hirschhorn Collection, the UBS Union Bank of Switzerland, and the Lowe Art Museum. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, The Brooklyn Rail, The Boston Globe, and others.


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