Gerhard Merz (born 1947 in Mammendorf, DE) lives and works in Berlin and Pescia, Italy. Merz' career has been devoted to further developing, refining, and perfecting the major ideas of modernism. Merz decisively points out the difference between "art" and "life", a mentality opposed to that of young artists throughout the 20th century. Merz' works are experiments, arenas where he investigates perfection. To achieve this, he incorporates… Read more
About the artwork
These 2 acrylic and mineral pigment monochromes on aluminum reflect Merz's exploration of the key concepts of modernism. The work indicates the influence of celebrated modernist artists such as Piet Mondrian and post-war American artists such as Barnett Newman. Although beautifully textured, the defining feature of these monochromes is the striking use of color. Merz revealed a preoccupation with color from early in his career, once stating that fine art came down to three defining features: measure, color, and light. The simplicity of this work is indicative of Merz's quest for harmony and order through his artistic creations.