REVERSE GLASS PAINTING
Nina Neumaier has been working with reverse glass painting for 16 years. This old technique is lifted out of its traditional context by the use of plexiglass and unusual formats that accentuate the subjects of the work. The religious tradition of reverse glass painting was common in the 18th and 19th Century. Rediscovered by the group »Der Blaue Reiter« (Kandinsky, Münter, etc.) in 1911, it again flourished in the region of Oberbayern for a brief period. Since then it has been used by artists only sporadically.
The mark-making of the reverse glass drawings by Nina Neumaier correspond with the fragility of the material. Closed forms are in interplay with fine transparent formulations. Lines and bands connect both sharply defined and irregularly structured surfaces. Her drawings investigate concentration and reduction. The complex technical constraints of reverse glass painting requires constant thinking ahead in order to allow the necessary technical procedures. A reverse of thinking is also required as everything has to be designed in reverse. Nina Neumaier has worked with this method for many years and developed it accordingly. Every brushstroke has to be executed with precision, as the drying of one layer excludes the possibility of retouching previous layers.
This catalog offers an insight into the most recent reverse glass drawings by the artist.
Authors: Dorothée Bauerle-Willert, Nina Neumaier
Photographer: Sebastian Schobbert, Nina Neumaier
- For more information see www.nina-neumaier.de
21 x 21 cm
Deutsch / English
48 pp., 42 color plates