> Due to bad weather conditions, the performance was postponed to Sun March 25 at 5pm.
In Addie Wagenknecht’s ongoing Black Hawk Paint series, miniature drones are made to take off or land on canvases, executing simple flight commands in order to create vivid, non-representational compositions. Whereas the action paintings of seminal Abstract Expressionist artists primarily utilised gesture as an extension of the body, Wagenknecht’s employment of remote-controlled devices elongates the distance between creator and creation. The canvases resemble scarred landscapes, bombed-out cities, fields of smoke and dust, an effect heightened by her incorporation of gunpowder, aluminium oxide, heat and UV-sensitive pigments. They are lurid pink and pitch black, splattered and stippled, eerily atmospheric and crudely visceral.
Text: Chris Clarke