Il Mistero delle Cattedrali
The White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey is an impressive location for Kiefer. The magnitude and scale of Kiefer's paintings deserves a space like this. White Cube's gallery space in Bermondsey has the clean lines, minimal structure and impersonal grandeur of a Berlin gallery. Kiefer's work which is rich in symbolism, layers of meaning and associations requires the blank canvas which White Cube provides.
As you enter the gallery space, White Cube have presented Kiefer very differently from their last show of his work. There is no literature on the walls or formalised labelling for works. Each work has a bold statement/quote taken from Fulcanelli as the title written above each piece as an emblem for the work. Each title is hand written in flowing charcoal letters has if pronounced by the artist's own hand.
Each piece of work has its origins in landscape - whether it be a sculpture or a painting. The paintings have the physicality and presence of a sculpture. His work continues to lie between 2D and 3D. His work sits between painting and sculpture, his material practice is not defined, but he presents his work in a variety of 2D and 3D installations. For me, he is an installation artist. His work is immersive and captivating. They present the mystical and mysterious in a sense of heightened reality.
His work shows a labour intensive process of layers of paint and materials, with each layer adding new meaning and depth. The muted colours and visibly rough textured brush-marks emphasise Kiefer's raw and evocative visions. On the whole, this exhibition presented Kiefer's work a a statement to be seen and interpreted as it will. There was no tip-toeing around the audience, which for me felt fresh. Art today is to concerned with being accessible - spoon feeding the meaning to the audience, treating the public like children. We should respect the intelligence of the audience and allow them to interpret work and forge their own opinions. Bravo White Cube.