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Anke Weyer Two Islands Are Better Than One

11 September 7 November 2015

installation view Anke Weyer, Two Islands Are Better Than One
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2015

installation view Anke Weyer, Two Islands Are Better Than One
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2015

installation view Anke Weyer, Two Islands Are Better Than One
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2015

installation view Anke Weyer, Two Islands Are Better Than One
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2015

installation view Anke Weyer, Two Islands Are Better Than One
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2015

installation view Anke Weyer, Two Islands Are Better Than One
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2015

installation view Anke Weyer, Two Islands Are Better Than One
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2015

Anke Weyer
Naked Train 5.01, 2015
oil and acrylic on canvas
228,6 × 170,2 cm (90 × 67 inches)

Anke Weyer
Bourbon, 2014
oil and acrylic on canvas
198,1 × 167,6 cm (78 × 66 inches)

Anke Weyer
Matches, 2015
oil and acrylic on canvas
203,2 × 96,5 cm (80 × 38 inches)

Anke Weyer
ASAP Already, 2015
oil and acrylic on canvas
203,2 × 170,2 cm (80 × 67 inches)

Anke Weyer
Speak, 2015
oil and acrylic on canvas
218,4 × 167,6 cm (86 × 66 inches)

Anke Weyer
Emulsified, 2015
oil and acrylic on canvas
213,4 × 167,6 cm (84 × 66 inches)

Office Baroque is pleased to present the first individual exhibition in Europe of Anke Weyer. Anke Weyer (1974) studied at Frankfurt’s Staedelschule and at New York’s Cooper Union and has been living and working in New York since 1999.

In the work of Anke Weyer, paint handling looks aggressive, but is an equilibrist combination of brushwork, rubbing, dripping, splattering, scratching and mark making, all in various degrees of transparency. The physical act of painting itself, appears as a center from which meanings are scaled, codified and represented. Her work incorporates process, history and modernism, as much as building on postmodernism and cartoon culture. With an and/and approach to painting, Weyer takes a distance from discrete postwar vocabularies and finds power in the emotive as well as performative spectra of abstract painting. Weyer is a strong colorist, with a preference for vivid pinks, reds, blues and yellows. Dense, large color blobs float over occasional hints of figuration. Up close, her surfaces reveal incredibly rich texture and detail. With titles as diverse as Eggs All Day or ASAP Already, her work is rooted in the quotidian, as much as it seems to find pleasure in the vocabulary of someone’s junk mail folder.

Anke Weyer recently completed a residency at the Elaine De Kooning studio in East Hampton. She has had recent solo shows at Harper’s Books East Hampton (2015) and Canada, New York (2013).

Eimear Lynch, ’Why Brussels is the new Berlin’, The New York Times Magazine, December 2015