About Anna Tatarczyk and her work
The artist Anna Tatarczyk, who lives and works in Düsseldorf and Wuppertal, has been nominated for the renowned André Evard Prize. The prize is one of the world’s most important prizes in the field of concrete-constructive art and is being awarded for the 6th time. Anna Tatarczyk, who was born in Poland and moved to Düsseldorf in 1994, first studied German and philosophy and later art at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. For the past four years, she has been working in concrete-constructive art, painting three-dimensional, rhomboid forms. Before that, she painted representational art, until a long experimentation with adhesive tape and self-adhesive foil led her to geometric art and finally to the rhombic form. Since then, the rhombus has never left her alone. She creates the optical effect of three-dimensionality with sharply contiguous chromatic colour sequences.
Anna is particularly interested in creating light and shadow. The handwriting itself remains hidden, no traces of the brush are visible. These geometric bodies are painted on a transparent impregnated canvas. It is precisely this contrast between the untreated, rough linen and the sharp-edged, colourful composition that creates a lively, dynamic tension within the painting. Due to the clear arrangement and the reduction of the painterly means to the essential, the pictures
radiate power, calm, harmony and exert a meditative effect on the viewer.
Günter Baumen, gallery owner and curator of the Galerie Schlichtenmaier in Stuttgart, wrote about her work: “Anna Tatarczyk uses the rhombus not only for the sake of form. She takes concrete art further, which classically remains on the surface. In chromatic colour sequences and crystalline structures, the artist brings the symmetry of the rhombus into an optical oscillation. (…) The light that is always involved here makes this “concrete” work a refreshing return to Op Art. This becomes abundantly clear in the spatialisation of the colour levels. With a grandiose sense of the light-space effect of the colour scales, Anna Tatarczyk is able to conjure up pyramidal illusionary images from the canvas.”
Anna Tatarczyk also investigated the origin of the rhombus and found out something interesting. The rhombus is an archetypal shape that was already known to Stone Age people. The rhombus pattern symbolises the recurring movements of the heavenly bodies. Since then, the pattern has stood for the sun-moon cult. The rhombus describes the spiritual relationship between all things and symbolises the affiliation and spiritual attitude to a universal force that permeates everything. One finds rhombus patterns on ancient pagan sites, on coats of arms, and as signposts. The oldest sculptures found are dated to between 40,000 and 32,000 years ago.
About Kunsthalle Messmer
The Kunsthalle Messmer in Riegel am Kaiserstuhl awards the prize every two years, the last one was awarded in 2018. More than 500 artists from 47 different countries applied for this year’s prize, which means that the exhibition is once again internationally broad-based. The prize money of 10,000 euros will be divided among the artists of the three most convincing works in the exhibition, and there will also be an audience award. The award ceremony will take place on February 13, 2022 and a renowned jury of experts will select the winner of the highly endowed prize. The exhibition will present 103 selected works on an international level, offering a summary of the most exciting facets of geometric-abstract contemporary art. This prize is dedicated to the Swiss artist André Evard (1876-1972). From 1913 onwards, Evard dealt with geometric abstractions in his painting. He is thus one of the first non-figurative artists in Europe and one of the pioneers of Swiss constructive geometric painting. The André-Evard Prize is aimed at all those contemporary artists who have also committed themselves to constructive-concrete art. The prize is accompanied by an exhibition of the nominated artists as well as an exhibition catalogue.
When and where
Duration of exhibition: Dec. 04, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022
Messmer Art Gallery,Grossherzog-Leopold-Platz 1, 79359 Riegel am Kaiserstuhl, Germany
More about the artist
Read the Q&A with Anna in order to learn more about the artist: Anna Tatarczyk: Diamonds on the canvas