HowardScottGallery is pleased to present the debut solo exhibition in New York of the German artist Sati Zech.- Fettes Rot (2005-2008) paintings.
Sati Zech an elective inhabitant of Berlin, was born in Southern Germany in 1958.She studied from 1982 to 1987 at the Berlin Hochschule der Kunste (formally West Berlin's Academy of Fine Arts), concentrating on sculpture and drawing with Lothar Fischer.After truly remarkable beginnings in three dimensional mediums, she focused on works in and on a planar surface because of her wish to avoid close association with her teacher.
The artworks of Sati Zech are unique amalgams of historically ritualistic mark-making and 21st Century self-expression.
The thick, viscous red-hued paint shaped and scrapped upon strips of naked cloth emanates feelings of femaleness: her power and passion, her cycles and repetitions. The layering, the gluing, tearing and sewing all gives rise to the idea of labor specifically woman's labor, a kind of thoughtful, painstaking never-ending work that manifests itself in tactile visions of strength, beauty, necessity, serendipity.
The objects are very much themselves, independent and unbeholden to any specific tradition, yet they contain the emotional dynamism of Louis Burgeois, the semantic materiality of Joseph Beuys, the subtle tactility of Eva Hesse and the symbolic charge of African art. Both familiar and fresh, Zech's artworks float between being paintings, drawings and sculptures; they are in a world, literally, of their own making.
S A T IZ E C H:F e t t e sR o t( 2 0 0 5 – 2 0 0 8 )
(Thursday)3A p r i l -(Saturday)3M a y2 0 0 8
Receptionfor the artist:Thursday,3 A p r i l,from six to eight