In this preview from the ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 7 episode, "Fiction," artist Katharina Grosse describes a "thought based" approach to creating work. Shown at work from Amaral Custom Fabrications in Bristol, Rhode Island, the artist spray paints sculptural elements that are to be included in "Just Two of Us"—her 2013 exhibition for Public Art Fund at MetroTech Commons in Brooklyn, New York. "There is an overall agreement that I have with myself as I start something," says the artist about her process. "That agreement is based on a judgment."
Katharina Grosse is a painter who often employs electrifying sprayed acrylic colors to create large-scale sculptural environments and smaller wall works. By uniting a fluid perception of landscape with the ordered hierarchy of painting, Grosse treats both architecture and the natural world as an armature for expressive compositions of dreamy abandon, humorous juxtaposition, and futuristic flair. By building up layers of color with an expressive immediacy, she enables her work to become a material record of its own making and, perhaps, an inscription of her thoughts.
Learn more about the artist at:www.art21.org/artists/katharina-grosse
Season 7 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" premieres Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). "Fiction" airs Friday, November 14, 2014.
Learn more about Season 7 at:www.art21.org/season7