01/21/2011 05:36 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Katharina Grosse Makes Painting An Installation, At MASS MoCA

WHO: Katharina Grosse

WHAT: One Floor Up More Highly

WHEN: December 21, 2010 through October 31, 2011

WHERE: MASS MoCA, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, MA 01247


At MASS MoCA the artist has applied her atmospheric veils of paint to four mounds of soil which seem to spill from the upper balcony into the enormous space below. Stacks of Styrofoam shards rise out of the seductive mountains of color, mirroring the white of the gallery walls -- the metaphorical canvas of Grosse's tremendous painting. While the sprawling installation provokes associations with a psychedelic, glacial landscape, Grosse's work is not representational. Her electric, sometimes dissonant palette is meant to temper the impulse to read the work as a recognizable image. Instead, the anarchic work embraces a state of ambiguity that allows for alternative ways of processing what is seen - whether in the installation's vast changes in scale or the shifting identities of its components in which mountains become piles of raw pigment and sliced Styrofoam appears tectonic.

(From: MASS MoCA)

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