Art Space 98, a new gallery located at 98 Newtown Lane in East Hampton, is proud to present its inaugural exhibition: People and Lost Traces featuring oil paintings and acrylics by Thomas Buehler, and clay assemblages by Rosemarie Schiller. Swiss-born artists Buehler and Schiller have a long history of working together in various media while maintaining distinct styles and artistic messages. In this exhibition Buehler’s vibrant colors are set next to Schiller’s dark clay figures. The exhibit is united by themes they both encountered while travelling in the South of Mexico and the Sonoran desert. Both artists employ open spaces and vast horizons, cultivating a feeling of human commonality and oneness in the face of the harshest elements.
Thomas Buehler’s vibrant abstract oil paintings explore the intersection of spatiality and temporality. Geometric shapes and symmetrical compositions convey simultaneously a sense of stillness and motion. The artist utilizes vivid colors, bold brush strokes, and sensual textures; oil is mixed with sand revealing underlying, dormant structures.
This exhibition also marks the premier of Buehler’s acrylic “miniatures”: travel journals painted during his explorations of the jungles of Chiapas, along the Usumacinta River. There is an emotional and compositional ambiguity to these images. Light glints through shady scenery and plays off the walls of cave-like Mayan ruins. These traces of lost communities stand resolute and strong in the overgrown jungle.
Rosemarie Schiller, a sculptor, continues her exploration of the human condition, a theme that runs throughout her art work. Her smoke-fired clay assemblages explore interconnectedness and shared ancestry. Individual figures stand utterly alone in their white habitat, bound only by the vast constellation of human experience (Constellation Series); the assemblages explore open vertical spaces and dark shadows. Carrying strong messages about human survival, each figure maintains an inner strength and personal singularity. Schiller’s work is inspired by the solitude of desert, wilderness and its inhabitants. The sculptures are bound by the common theme of resilience: standing alone in open space, surviving.