Going away for the summer. People regularly leave the boundaries of everyday life behind in order to go to new places. Thus the relationship between space and the individual is characterized by permanent transformation. In view of this, the question of spatial boundaries arises again and again. In the works of Nina Gross and Jessica Grundler, each new experience of space is accompanied by a new experience of boundaries, resulting in an opening and expansion of space.
Nina Gross understands space in its original meaning as that which is not filled, as empty space. Her works are characterized by a spreading emptiness, which is concentrated by frames and furthermore turns into real space. The space is delimited and vastness emerges. Starting points are places animated by humans, in living spaces or outdoors.
Jessica Grundler expands and breaks through the pictorial space and its boundaries by questioning the function of the frame as a limiting element. Flowing natural structures seem to continue in her paintings beyond the edge of the picture. The painting ground grows beyond the picture or it makes a new way through attached frame parts. The frame becomes the painting and the actual pictorial space. Inner and outer images overlap like shells and layers and continue experiencing, remembering and dreaming as a construct of one’s own thoughts.
By expanding the pictorial space, the two painters intervene in the actual surrounding space, symbolically in the case of Nina Gross, physically in the case of Jessica Grundler, and search for points of contact. Thus, framed clouds are juxtaposed with a cloudless sky. Finally, the works correspond with each other and represent two different approaches to the perception of space.