DOCUMENTA KASSEL 16/06-23/09 2007

Charlotte Posenenske

Sculpture 1965

*1930 in Wiesbaden (DE), †1985 in Frankfurt/Main (DE)
Charlotte Posenenske’s work of art consists of objects prepared mostly from industrial materials, sculptures, sculptural pictures and drawings. She pursues a distinct realism of form, of production and distribution, and extended the ranges of concrete-minimal art by adding participative and action-based elements. In parallel to these developments, she also made experimental films in the 1960s. In 1968, Posenenske ended her career as an artist for political reasons and began working as a sociologist.

The Streifenbilder (Stripe Pictures; 1965) are attempts in applying paint in a new way. The diagonal, vertical, and horizontal lines – paying homage to the artist group De Stijl – she used broad felt-tip pens and narrow chalks. These pieces are well-arranged, clear experiments in colour and composition and thus also experiments in perception. The pictures demonstrate a need to dissolve the orderly hierarchy inherent in painting.

In 1966, Posenenske wrote about her sculptural pictures: “They are reminiscent of impressions from our technical environment: Illumination effects, fast driving, spaces of roads and air that narrow, or bulge forward or bend backwards. At the same time, they are a bit reminiscent of our technological environment – suggesting parts of automotive chassis, billboards, warning signs whose production is similar in terms of technology.”

With Plastisches Bild (Sculptural Picture; 1966) she hints at a three-dimensional form and paves herself a path to objects in real space.