MARTINA STECKHOLZER

Belonging. Die Lauer, 2017, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Beth. Die Lauer, 2016, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Clarice’s Garden. Die Lauer, 2016, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Composition D With Blue. Die Lauer, 2017, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
For Me As a Performer. Die Lauer, 2020, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Hin und her. Die Lauer, 2016, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Musse. Die Lauer, 2016, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Nothing Happens For Quite a While. Die Lauer, 2016, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Philein. Die Lauer, 2015, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Postures. Die Lauer, 2017, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Souterrains. Die Lauer, 2016, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Wenn gefragt wird. Die Lauer, 2016, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Who Is Alma? Die Lauer, 2015, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Zwei Hunde. Die Lauer, 2020, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Belonging. Die Lauer, 2017, 140 × 160 cm, pigment on canvas
Ann. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Catherine. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Christine. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Delphine. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Frédérique. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Gloria. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Gretchen. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Helen. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Isabelle. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Joan. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Marie-Françoise. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Paule. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Ann. Un Jeu de Paume, 2019, 22 × 21 cm, pigment on paper
Falk. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
Felix. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
Maresi. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
Markus. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
Mavie. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
Peter. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
Tim. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
Falk. The Readers, 2020, 34 × 28 cm, pigment on paper
The Performers. A Lent, 2018, 140 × 240 cm, pigment on canvas
The Piano. A Lent, 2018, 140 × 240 cm, pigment on canvas
The Doubt. A Lent, 2018, 140 × 240 cm, pigment on canvas
The Mechanical Bird. A Lent, 2018, 140 × 240 cm, pigment on canvas
The Movements. A Lent, 2018, 140 × 240 cm, pigment on canvas
The Noise. A Lent, 2018, 140 × 240 cm, pigment on canvas
The Performers. A Lent, 2018, 140 × 240 cm, pigment on canvas
For. No, 2019, 29 × 35 cm, pigment on paper
That Is. No, 2019, 29 × 35 cm, pigment on paper
To. No, 2019, 29 × 35 cm, pigment on paper
Where. No, 2019, 29 × 35 cm, pigment on paper
Which. No, 2019, 29 × 35 cm, pigment on paper
For. No, 2019, 29 × 35 cm, pigment on paper
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With Martina Steckholzer painting is documentary, deconstructive and poetic. In large-format room images, she looks at exhibition architecture and stages of contemporary discourse. Steckholzer empties, abstracts and generates space. To do this, she uses the most minimal tool in painting: pigment, dense or flowing on the surface. Empty as they are, the picture spaces become open stages and foreboding documentary traces. An affirmative and projective type of institutional criticism is emerging.

Martina Steckholzer understands art, time and others in and through painting.

The gaze is more intimate in the works on paper. Here it is faces and bodies that are quickly applied to small-format paper. Dye and water react in a fleeting moment to form vulnerable surfaces. Steckholzer writes fragmentary texts for the painting and adds them to the pictures depending on the exhibition context.

—Alice Reil, 2020