Frank Thiel solo exhibition to be opened in São Paulo gallery

(São Paulo, Brazil)

Galeria Leme presents ’’Nowhere is a Place“, the second solo exhibition of German artist Frank Thiel.

The exhibition’s title is taken from a book co-written by Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux in 1992 based on their impressions of Patagonia. Thiel experienced the timeless and raw beauty of one of the purest, oldest and most unique landscapes on earth 15 years ago for the first time. In 2011 and 2012 he returned to Patagonia for several visits to create this new body of work and turned his camera on the massive glacial ice formations in the Parque National Los Glaciares in Argentine, Patagonia, which is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest ice cap in the world.

The resulting images are a haunting meditation on the majesty and resilience, as well as the fragility and endangerment, of these frozen, sublime, natural edifices. Seemingly endless variations of blues, greys, charcoals and white. Highly textured surfaces with densely packed details, alluring and ominous at the same time. Almost supernatural looking shapes, peaks, cliffs and structures of ice, that are thousands of years old and far more ancient than any human construction. Infinite timelines and striations engraved in majestic ice walls soaring hundreds of feet above the Lago Argentino and it’s surrounding mountains and valleys.

In inspecting this organic architecture with his eye for detail and composition, with an almost archeological focus and a painterly sense of abstraction and color Thiel spreads his 20 years lasting engagement with themes of temporality, decay and transformation found in Berlin’s rapidly changing post-unification urban topography over the more plodding pace of prehistory.

“Nowhere is a Place”, by Frank Thiel
Opening: 13th May – 7pm
On view until 21st June
Mon – Fri, 10am – 7pm
Sat 10am – 5pm

Galeria Leme
Av. Valdemar Ferreira, 130
São Paulo | Brasil
+55 11 3093.8184

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