Hanna & Franziska Barczyk
June 14 - July 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 14, 6:00–9:00pm
Coldstream Fine Art is pleased to present Blue, the gallery’s second exhibition of Hanna and Franziska Barczyk. As twin sisters, the two painter-illustrators work in similar frequencies, consciously choosing a subject or theme and then allowing their approaches to be articulated in distinct ways on the canvas. Following up from their first show Bodies, which saw the artists stretching the limits of the human figure, Blue is instead primarily a study of how colour and figure interact, rejecting the idea that the monochromatic must be monotonous. As the artists explore this new topic, their individual methods pronounce themselves through these delimited compositions, sparking an aesthetic discussion.
Although the works engage in a rich dialogue, the sisters’ styles are notably differentiated, counterbalancing one another. Hanna’s work is rhythmic and curvilinear, guided by contour in a clear nod to the techniques of illustration while being sensitive to the flattening potential of painting. Franziska’s work, on the other hand, is more starkly influenced by modernist geometric abstraction, layering shapes and patterns on the canvas to reference design and dance. The overlaps in their visual registers only serve to underscore the variations between their approaches, playing on their twinship by communicating similarity and difference in the same brushstroke.
Blue, of course, is a collaborative effort, and the work of the Barczyks is more than the sum of its parts—it fuses two perspectives under the umbrella of a unified theme, communicating the whole of their artistic repertoires from commercial practices to personal projects. By limiting their palettes, the sisters seek to engage with the tension that can only arise from restraint, turning a restriction into an engine of exploration.