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Michael Krebber at Maureen Paley Private view Saturday 16th February 2013


16th February – 31st March 2013 Maureen Paley 21 Herald Street London E2 6JT

Maureen Paley is pleased to announce a solo presentation of new work by Michael Krebber. This will be his fourth exhibition at the gallery.

Would you confirm that ‘painting’ is used / explored by you as a filter?
Might that question ask about a possible programme of ‘painting’? Its application? In that case: painting, as well as any other activity, runs as an application that regularly and constantly changes, from for one person communicating with himself, to two people or more. Like society, here the programme runs wild, everyone might be in a different programme, either actively or passively…

Is ‘painting’ still seen as a controversial activity?
Jack Smith said that buying and possessing art was wrong, it was against the idea of art. Here lies the contradiction. But painting is also qualified as an image of the enemy, it therefore can easily seem to be used as a controversial activity. This became kind of common knowledge for the ‘knowing ones’ and I think I benefit a bit from that. And it is still an open game. Please read my text ‘Puberty in Painting’.

Do you have to ‘defend’ artistically the use of painting as a medium?
I think ‘Puberty in Painting’ says it all and I do not want to defend or preserve it. Instead of ‘defending’, I would prefer to throw in the idea of: identification with the aggressor.

Is painting an idea? A concept? A category?
There is the issue of painting’s production against the issue of the institution of painting.

What type of information does your painting contain?
Depends on who will look at it. Mixed in with all kinds of personal issues of mine. This could also become a game, if somebody wanted to play.

Anecdotes, references, social networks have become an integrated visible part in your work. Does it belong to the ‘painting’?
I heard somebody using the term ‘expanded painting’. In his text ‘Painting beside itself’, David Joselit quotes Martin Kippenberger who said in an interview about a painting, that not only the painting was important, but everything around it too, the people that the painter talked to, his whole network and also the noodles that he ate.

Michael Krebber in conversation, CAPC musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France, 2012.



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