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Nana Dix: Color Me Beautiful
March 13, 2012
Munich's Andreas Grimm gallery unveils the latest solo exhibition from the enigmatic artist
- Text by Christine Bierhals
Last Thursday the gallery Andreas Grimm in Munich launched its first solo exhibition showcasing new paintings and works on paper of Nana Dix (pic 1, right). “Color Me Beautiful” marks a turning point for Nana Dix from collage back to painting, an organic artistic development. After years of abstinence from the medium of painting she returns and showcases a developed stage.
The monochromatic colour fields of the paintings indicate a ruminant withdrawal, which can be regarded as an allusion towards the abstract paintings of Mark Rothko. Contrary to the latter, one the works of Nana Dix also features an intrusion of aggression into the otherwise harmonic colour fields. The pale green field of the painting “Three Dots” gets disturbed by three blood red paint splatters, which may remind the viewer of shooting wounds.
Her collages can be read as a critique of mass culture and consumerism but at the same time, they are also an obeisance to the colourful imagery of consumerism. Even the exhibited paintings and works on paper refuse to be ultimately defined, meaning that the paint splatters, and drippings can be seen as wounds or blood, but together they can also be regarded as an attack against monotonous conformity. The imagery of Nana Dix is an emotional one, triggering individual reactions and interpretations inside the audience.
Nana Dix at Gallery Andreas Grimm runs to April 14 @
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