|Fire Island, (C) Raplh Gelbert|
According to the German Embassy press release: 'It is not always necessary to rely on recognizable and familiar objects to explore a new world or a different reality. For several centuries, two major culture-building factors were responsible for the creation of a subjective reality distanced from the real and ordinary world, and they are still valid today: religion and art, which often and deliberately interacted in a fruitful way. Ralph Gelbert’s paintings, especially the larger formats, offer the chance to discover such imaginary worlds, instantaneously spellbinding the viewer.'
In my thinking abstraction is 'of itself' and does'nt need to send you into a 'different relaity', at its best it should heighten our experience of this reality and Ralph Gelbert goes some way in achieving this..
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