Wall Piece 10 x 6', 2 Parts, 1995
Wall paint, polished
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles

Wall Piece 24 x 18“, 1993
Wall paint, polished
61 x 45.7 cm
John Good Gallery, New York

Wall Piece 300 x 420, 3 Parts, 1993-1996
Wall paint, polished
each 300 x 420 cm
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Photo © Achim Mohné

Wall Piece 300 x 420, 3 Parts, 1993-1996
Wall paint, polished
each 300 x 420 cm
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Photo © Achim Mohné

Wall Piece 210 x 280, 2004
Wall paint, polished
210 x 280 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Photo © Martin Lauffer

Wall Piece 24 x 18“, 1994
Wall paint, polished
61 x 45,7 cm
MOMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Photo © Martin Lauffer

Wall Piece 10 x 6', 2 Parts, 1995
Wall paint, polished
Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles

Wall Piece 24 x 18“, 1993
Wall paint, polished
61 x 45.7 cm
John Good Gallery, New York

Wall Piece 300 x 420, 3 Parts, 1993-1996
Wall paint, polished
each 300 x 420 cm
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Photo © Achim Mohné

Wall Piece 300 x 420, 3 Parts, 1993-1996
Wall paint, polished
each 300 x 420 cm
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Photo © Achim Mohné

Wall Piece 210 x 280, 2004
Wall paint, polished
210 x 280 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Photo © Martin Lauffer

Wall Piece 24 x 18“, 1994
Wall paint, polished
61 x 45,7 cm
MOMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Photo © Martin Lauffer

Wall Pieces

1986

The polished wallpieces are created by removing an extremely thin layer of paint with all its irregularities, about one-tenth of a millimeter thick, from the wall surface. By sanding the wall down numerous times using increasingly fine sandpaper, the wall beneath, which is covered with emulsion paint, is polished to a high gloss. The picture is created not by applying material but by removing it. The polished surfaces of the wallpieces mirror sections of their surroundings and alter their composition according to the position from which they are contemplated. The refined composition of the surface dissolves the boundary between the massive character of the wall and the space in which it is contemplated.

Karin Sander

Presented in exhibitions

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, 2013
Andrae Kaufmann Gallery, Berlin, 2012
Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, 2018
SABER DESCONOCER, Medellín, 2013
The Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2004
Museion, Bolzano, 2020
MUDAM - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg, 2014
Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, 2013