Black Earth


Mixed media on canvas, metal frame

300 x 200 cm (118 1/8 x 78 3/4 in.) (each)

The palpable soil of a blackened Earth rises before us: is it scorched earth or fertile, carefully tended soil? The furrows running across it are traces left by a human being or a devastating force, perhaps in search of renewal. This earth of thick paint chiselled with brushes fills the two monumental black monochromes of Black Earth.

There is no shortage of bright perspectives in this monochrome, where light and shadow contrast on the dynamic surface. Working with light is a key aspect of the creative approach taken by Reyle, who is known for neon sculptures and aluminium paintings that also throw the spatial nature of light into relief.

A striking abstract painting, Reyle's Black Earth is in the Pinault Collection. It was first exhibited in 2007 at the "Sequence 1" show at the Palazzo Grassi.
Anselm Reyle's other artwork