02. May 2014 – 12. September 2014 · 07:30 pm
Bettina Krieg: Contract of the Draughtswoman
On 30 April 2014 an exhibition with the works of the artist Bettina Krieg will be opened in the Deutsche Werkstätten gallery. The large-scale pieces can then be seen in the North of Dresden until the end of July. As an artist who almost exclusively produces drawings, Bettina Krieg is probably an exception to the rule. After her artistic education in Berlin, Marseilles and Canberra as well as numerous educational trips throughout the world, she has come back to set up shop in Berlin once more where she is fulfilling her ‘Contract as Draughtswoman’ and is working with meticulous exactness on her pieces. Reproductions give only a vague impression of that which is clear to the observer face-to-face with the original. A lot of time and passion is invested in the work. How can you fill paper up to 3 x 4 metres with tiny strokes of a thin pen so that the drawing created captivates the viewer and furthermore creates tension and provokes questions? Bettina Krieg knows how. She creates captivating and at times oppressive black and white scenes in which you can lose sight. These drawings generate a maelstrom. The observer immediately looks for sense and pattern and lands again and again at a type of understanding images which not so much reflects but is more intuitive. The attempt to preserve reality for ever ends in a seemingly never-ending abundance of detail. With a visit to the Deutsche Werkstätten gallery you can experience how these drawings captivate and let your thoughts wander.
Photos: Lothar Sprenger