Stefan Sandner 

Touching the shapeless
On Stefan Sandner’s paintings

What kind of painting corresponds to the times we are living in, to our desire for a “creative“ blurring of all contexts? What really touches us in this era of shapelessness? What kind of images can “capture” all of that?

Stefan Sandner applies several levers when analysing painting and its history. Consisting of scribbles, notes and playing with the codes of a paintbrush, colour application and shape of the canvas as well as using gestural tokens, his pieces discuss essential pathos formulae of the history of painting. Especially in the “supreme discipline“ painting, categories such as authorship, subjectification, expression, and representation keep emerging – from a pre-modern as well as reflective point of view. In the spirit of modernity and the subsequent discourses, Sandner operates with questions in order to analyse his own function. During this process, the so-called opponents of a self-critical view on art turn out to be fierce adversaries, who, after being brought to their knees, get up again and are refilled with aura. Therefore, in the spirit of a “die harder“, there is always enough material for further reflection, fight scenes and meta-paintings that carry on “posing a problem to one selves” when it comes to basic aesthetic concepts.


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