Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
Tina Schwarz (*1977 in Friedberg, Germany), who recently spent some time in Los Angeles, completing a residency at Hooper Projects, is inspired by the drawings and graphics of the Old Masters, whose basic designs she deftly sketches on paper or utilizes as the starting point for her paintings. She combines these motifs with a theme that is both contemporary and timeless: the link between history and current events, which she creates by establishing reference points between, for example, current political developments and philosophy or artists such as Goya.
The human body in its physical presence, but also in its vulnerability, finite nature and absence, is often at the centre of her work, turning her paintings into an art of counter-perception, oriented towards the timeless, without repudiating the contemporary, striving for allegory, while constructing a polyfocal labyrinth of uncertainties. The dissection of space and the concurrent dynamization of the image are conspicuous, connected as they are to the breaking up of form and the transformation of the figure. In her work, moments of escalation are juxtaposed with a relativisation of time through a suspension of dynamic processes.