Playful Abstraction

Refraction and reflection have long been a source of interest for artists working with light. Barbara Kasten (b. 1936) is one such example, who, in turn, references Le Corbusier (1887-1965) and László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) as life-long influences. Beate Sonnenberg (b. 1966) touches upon these elements, bringing them into the contemporary sphere. Images from Somewhere in Between are inherently Kasten-esque, pulling on plastic yellows, whites and blues through a constructivist methodology. Shining light through prisms of transparent material, the walls are filled with spatial paintings. Fields of light meet at a striking intersection of colour, creating an almost Venn-like diagram of shapes. Meanwhile, Becoming Aware focuses more on physical materials. In collaboration with artist Johanne Mills, Sonnenberg assembles industrial materials such as wood, pebbles, plastic and paper, angling the viewer at the source of abstraction.

Lead image: Beate Sonnenberg, Space Blue and Yellow, from the series Somewhere in Between. Courtesy of the artist.