Ernst Caramelle (4 stars)

Ernst Caramelle

Mary Mary, Glasgow, until Sat 17 May


Constructed from arrangements of geometric shapes, Caramelle’s paintings exhibit a judicious use of colour, which he uses to manipulate the illusion of perspective and space. While these works are considered, they are not overtly restrained; the mixed media ‘View from the Below’ features free, expressionistic brushstrokes, and the odd burgundy curlicue, layered over a more structured geometric base. The exhibition also includes works created by leaving sugar paper out in the sun. This incredibly simple, almost incidental, technique has been used to great effect in two beautiful works featuring geometric shapes in varying intensities of blue.

Caramelle’s ability to disrupt the viewer’s sense of space is not confined to works on wood and paper, but extends onto the walls of the gallery. While echoing the shapes and forms found within his other works, these ‘spatial interventions’ subtly alter the gallery space. A rusty red rectangle intersects an open doorway at a skewed angle, while a black border, which could easily slide by completely unnoticed, creates the disorientating illusion that the room is on a slant.

In the overwhelming avalanche of art being presented as part of Gi, Caramelle’s work stands out as deserving of a viewer’s time.

Ernst Caramelle

  • 4 stars

New work including a wall painting intervention, drawings, gesso pieces and video. Simple geometric arrangements they may be, but Caramelle's judicious use of colour and form makes this exhibition deserving of a viewer's time even amongst the current avalanche of Gi. 'Part of Glasgow International 2008'.

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