Irma Blank is an artist born in Germany, yet living and developing her artistic activity in Milan. Irma’s works can be classified in between writing and its visual representation - in form of a drawing or a painting.
Irma’s artistic path has been strongly shaped by the avant-garde and neo-avant-gardes of the mid- 20th century. Using paper, canvas, panel or book as a medium, the artist attempts to create a relationship between sign and time. Presented below is her solo show titled Life line which is on display at Italian, Bologna-based contemporary gallery - P420.
„The protagonist of the exhibition is the series Radical Writings (from the early 1980s to the 1990s) with which Irma Blank makes her sign even more abstract with respect to the previous cycles, clarifying its relation- ship with time.
The long writing-like signs of color (first rose-violet, then blue), applied with a brush on canvas, are linear and uniform. She literally paints “in one breath,” with absolute concentration, without hesitation. Writing is breathing, painting is breathing, working is living. Every trace matches the length of one breath, from left to right, start to finish, emptiness to fullness. A sign in total tension. At the start of the sign the color is more emphatic, fading as the sign gradually extends, generating a shadow zone at the center of the painting that reminds us of the space of a book. Here writing and painting blend in the continuity of a sign-time,” expounds the team of P420.
The exhibition includes never seen before pieces from Radical Writings series, as well as new works of Irma. Life line is on display at P420 till 18 of March.