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Conceptual artist Florian Slotawa : Car painted objects and readymades.

In his second exhibition at von Bartha, the conceptual artist Florian Slotawa presents a selection of new works in which he pairs objects painted in car paint lacquers with readymade objects in matching or complementary colours.

Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April - 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann
Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April – 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann

Slotawa has recently become preoccupied with found colour, in particular those he observes on cars on the streets of Berlin. Rather than attempting to recreate a shade he dedicates himself to finding the specific colour by noting the car type, taking pictures and if possible researching the vintage of the car. He then has the exact colour mixed by an expert car varnisher which he paints onto aluminium panels and found objects, which come together as sculpture and wall works. Exhibiting two objects side by side, in the same or corresponding tone, the strength of the colour creates a synergy between the components and lends the finished piece a painterly quality.

The accompanying readymade objects which Slotawa pairs the painted panels with are also found by chance. For example in one work, Volkswagen C6T (Jadegrün met.) (2015) the colour of a plastic pair of safety goggles in Slotawa’s studio happened to be a close match to the jade green the artist selected from a Volkswagen C6T parked outside.

Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April - 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann
Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April – 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann

The new works in the von Bartha exhibition are a continuation of Slotawa’s fascination with found objects and the shift in their meanings when the objects are placed in different contexts such as moving them from an everyday environment into a gallery space. Through this shift from the private to the public sphere, he explores how the process of displacement not only re-purposes items, but alters the perception of the space in which they are displayed.

Florian Slotawa, until 28th May 2016 Von Bartha, Basel www.vonbartha.com www.florianslotawa.de

Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April - 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann (3)
Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April – 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann (3)

Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April - 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann
Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April – 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann

Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April - 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann
Florian Slotawa at von Bartha, Basel, 9 April – 28 May 2016, installation view, courtesy of von Bartha gallery, photo Andreas Zimmermann

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