The work of Joseph Heer springs from a profound knowledge and reflection on contemporary art, by which the artist recovers some of the fundamental content and characteristics. This permits him to develop theorical reflections, proposing content and meanings which mark him as an intellectual as well as an artist.
For over ten years, Heer investigated the pictorial space via one of his most transcendental series: the White Paintings. In these almost monochromatic and essential paintings, where the extended paint melds with the underlying physical support, planning and chance meet, in order to create a sensorial effect with multiple contradictions. From these suggestive paintings, he would develop Between Columns, a new series that would lead the painter to erupt on the artistic scene, digging deeply into the processes and effects of pictorial characteristics. Alternating aqueous brushstrokes, which provoke semi-transparent effects on the canvas that rapidly absorbs them, with other thick and densely charged ones, Heer studies how the support and the pigment modify and influence the other. “The paint – he says – is converted into the place of the chemical and physical reactions and it is the register of this process that I try to make legible. I am interested in the specificity of the process.” However, the subjectivity of the artist, who transmits tranquillity, stillness and contemplation, is fundamental in order to emotionally provoke the spectator.
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