Put together on the occasion of Markus Döbeli's upcoming exhibition with Marc Jancou Contemporary our new online presentation highlights a number of the artist's seldom-shown-to-date larger acrylic works on canvas also offering a sneak preview of the show in Rossinière, Switzerland.
Spanning a period of about ten years the works that form part of this online presentation reveal Döbeli's single-minded approach to painting. Working primarily on very large canvases which flirt with the expanse of the wall, his arresting and at times mysterious works are constructed from multiple semi-transparent layers of pigment.
Introspective and meditative, making their presence felt but at the same time appearing rather illusory, in Döbeli's works translucent areas of colour seem to blend into one another seamlessly, with no sharp or definite outlines giving the impression they have occurred rather than having been produced.
These fields of colour have no contours or borders and even when they can be seen to give rise to forms these emerge suddenly and almost instantly disappear again giving his works an elusive but nevertheless arresting character.
Döbeli’s works present an uncompromising take on abstraction that allows little room for speculation on any possible links to representation. The last bastion is perhaps the category of landscape. The prevalence of light and the soft edge formations might indeed invite a likening to clouds, water, a sort of seascape perhaps. And yet, as Dieter Schwarz has pointed out, suggestions such as these that liken Döbeli’s shapeless shapes to clouds, these formless, ethereal and transcendental “things” only negate any links to representation and re-affirm the abstraction that is at the heart of the artist’s practice.
Markus Döbeli: Paintings and Watercolors, opens in Rossinière, Switzerland on the 19th of July and runs until the 29th of August. The exhibition will be accompanied by a limited edition forthcoming catalogue published by Marc Jancou Contemporary with texts by Dieter Schwarz and Bice Curiger. To pre-order please visit our Publications page.