Xerxes Ach

‹SECRET COLORS›

25.10. – 23.11.2019

Opening Thursday 24th of October 2019 18-20h

 

Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #4»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 150 x 150 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #3»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 90 x 90 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #11»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 160 x 160 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #12»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 130 x 130 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #7»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 90 x 90 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #8»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 90 x 90 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #13»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 150 x 150 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #10»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 150 x 150 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #6»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 120 x 120 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #9»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 120 x 120 cm
Xerxes Ach, «Secret Colors #5»
2019, Eitempera auf Baumwolle, 130 x 130 cm
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Photos Markus Mühlheim

On a first glance, Xerxes Ach, who was born in Esslingen (Germany) in 1957, paints monochrome colour compositions. The artist has dedicated himself to the colors. Mixing the colors is an important part of the artistic process. He experiments with the centuries-old technique of egg tempera. It's a challenge to mix the colors. They should be as pure and unadulterated as possible from aggressive binders. Yolk make this possible. Again and again he tests their consistency and composition and then applies them layer by layer to the cotton fabric, sometimes up to 20 layers of paint. Light thus hits a surface made up of different materials, is refracted in a variety of ways and creates abstract images imbued with a mysterious glow. These light phenomena embody a unique microcosmos, an unfathomable universe that, looking at it, lets one forget time and space. The painting of Xerxes Ach makes us aware of how sensitive we are to colours and how colours affect us.

Although not directly visible, Xerxes Ach uses photographs as a basis for his works. He collects newspaper clippings and book illustrations of remote places with deserts and seascapes. However, he is not fascinated by their local situation, but rather scans them for their colour scheme and colouristic atmosphere, ‘extracting’, as he calls it, their colour and compressing it into energy. He paints mental images that are – even if triggered by external stimuli – essentially rooted in his subconscious, taking on a suggestive reality when brought to the canvas. Above all, he reacts to colours and the atmosphere they create, and is interested in how colours change when they meet different lighting conditions, materials and surface structures. His works are reconstructed memories of a colour experience or mood only the artist is privy to. It is this volatility of life, the fleetingness of mental events and the exploration of intuitive, sensual insight that is reflected in Ach’s works again and again.

For Xerxes Ach, painting is the physical materialisation and coexistence of different colours. The effects of their interplay create visual experiences that seem more tangible than what is physically there. This brings us to the ‘outside’. What effect do the paintings have on the beholder? Depending on the individual’s visual experiences, they transform sensory stimuli into aesthetic ones. The viewers lose themselves in a mental experience as they delve into a world of desire and longing.

“My painting is primarily about stimulating the senses exclusively through colour, to discern subtle visual experiences as well as materialization and visualization through painting's limitless possibilities." says Xerxes Ach about his work. The artist extends the monochrome concept, because he uses several colours to create a monochrome impression. With Xerxes Ach, a colour field is anything but a flat, impenetrable surface. It is a delicate web of swelling and vibrating opposing tones of colour and compressed time.



Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Dong / Steinemann 2020
Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Martin Kasper
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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