Necessary Journey = OUT OF PRINT
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2008
out of print
Tina Gillen (°1972 Luxembourg) lives and works in Brussels. Her paintings use a colorful pallet and yet they give an impression of desolation. She often lets architectural forms pop out of the canvas in such a way that known forms become abstractions of color fields. This first monograph to deal with Tina Gillen’s oeuvre presents all of the works she has produced since 1996.
Tina Gillen presents details of buildings, mountains, and architectural fragments in her paintings that appear to flash by and of which only a fleeting impression remains. These ‘off-road pieces of scenery are invariably mysterious—a choreography of sinister cast shadows or the unnatural, ostensibly magical absence of all shadows transforms commonplace objects and everyday places into theatrical stage settings. In her most recent works, Gillen cross-fades and interlocks the pictorial elements, and in doing so, achieves a dense, richly charged atmosphere in which linear perspective seems to have been rescinded.