REBECCA MICHAELIS: The Tenets of Abstraction?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Throughout these paintings we see erasure, ruin, and mutilation. A structure is developed then knocked down. Something rises to importance, then erased away into the field. Through this process the surfaces become mutilated. The choices of the artist are present yet not present. There is a psychological distress on the viewer. The complexity of the field becomes too much. The sense of wholeness breaks down to a durational experience and moments string you along into a narrative, which negates the ‘all at once’ tenet of Abstraction.

Text by Dan Crews from

Rebecca Michaelis was born in Potsdam and lives and works in Berlin.


Akira, 2008
Oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm

Rebecca Michaelis Paramo 2008-Oel-auf-Leinwand-200-x-200

Paramo, 2008
Oil on linen, 200 x 200 cm

Rebecca Michaelis Zoom Painting 4

Zoom Painting, 2005
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 150 x 150 cm

Rebecca Michaelis - Times Square (2) 2003, oil on canvas, 148 x 9 x 5 cm

Times Square, 2003
Oil on canvas, 148 x 9 x 5 cm

Rebecca Michaelis - austellingsansicht 2008

Austellingsansicht, 2008


Blog Entry by SP Williams – in Berlin; Monday, March 28, 2011.

SP Williams is a painter living and working in Berlin.

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