Line and form, intense colors and simple, natural materiality, painting and sculpture: from March 17, 2023, the works of the multi-award-winning American Todd Williamson and the German sculptor Frank Teufel will enter into a dialogue. This results in exciting new perspectives on the works of both artists.
The exhibition, which opens on Thursday, March 16th, 2023 at 7 p.m. in the Stadtgalerie im Stadtmuseum, continues the series of collaborations between the Stadtmuseum Deggendorf and the Kunstforum Schloss Hohenstein, part of the non-profit Oskar Hacker Foundation, and Premium Modern Art.
Born in Cullman in 1964, Todd Williamson is an American and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 1988 he received his Bachelor of Arts from Belmont University in Nashville. In LA, he serves as Chairman of the City of West Hollywood Arts and Culture Committee. Williamson's work is in collections around the world and he is a recipient of the 2019 Pollock Krasner Foundation (New York) Prize for Creativity. In 2010 he also received the prestigious “Pollock Krasner Foundation Award”, New York. In 2019, Todd Williamson also took part in the Venice Biennale as an official participant.
Williamson's paintings are notable for their strict adherence to geometry. When looking at the works of Todd Williamson, the sharp oil edges within his works are often noticeable. These lines provide the framework within which he manages to evoke intense emotions through the reduction of shapes and the sensitive but precise use of colors. Subtle effects of color and movement are created by applying and removing multiple layers of oil to the canvas, creating an impressive vibrancy. Williamson's works contain references to Rothko and Frankenthaler as well as Gerhard Richter.
Frank Teufel was born in Tuttlingen in 1966. After his apprenticeship as a stone sculptor, he attended the master school for stonemasons and stone sculptors in Mainz. He also completed his studies at the Academy of Design in Ulm. Teufel has been a freelancer since 1994. He took part in numerous symposiums, individual and group exhibitions at home and abroad.
Frank Teufel's sculptures all begin as linear drawings on paper. He transfers these tense lines when working with the stone and thus manages to mold a filigree lightness into the stone that seems to oppose its materiality. Frank Teufel goes to the limits of statics, he consciously leaves behind the traces of the processing. Filigree line and material form an exciting connection. With the reduction to clearly abstract forms, the works invite one's own interpretations, which is why Frank Teufel deliberately avoids descriptive titles.
As always, the exhibition will be accompanied by a podcast and guided tours on Sundays on April 23rd. and 14.05. as well as guided tours during the Long Night of Culture and Shopping on April 27th. there is the possibility to find out more about both artists and their work. Frank Teufel will give special insights into his work personally in a lecture on March 25th, 2023 at 7 p.m. in the Stadtgalerie with free admission.
Todd Williamson artist.