Spotlight: German artist Christa Filser uses collage-inspired techniques to create productive chaos

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About the artist: Christa Filser is an artist, gallery owner and co-founder of the Munich contemporary art gallery Filser & Gräf. Her background, however, is in fashion and after earning a master’s degree focusing on women’s tailoring, she ran a fashion design studio in Munich while simultaneously pursuing a career as a visual artist experimenting with painting, photography and the video. An active member of the Munich art community since the mid-1990s, Filser now presents a series of his most recent works at Filser & Gräf in the exhibition “Point of view and perception.”

Installation view, “Christa Filser: Perspective and Perception”, 2022. Courtesy of Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich.

Why we love it: Ranging from large-scale abstract acrylic canvases to more intimate-sized paper collages, many of the works on display are dominated by passes of reds, yellows, pinks and oranges. Their centripetal compositions give a vague impression of aerial photographs of modernist structures in the desert, or perhaps on the face of Mars. Produced over the past two years, in the midst of the pandemic, the ongoing devastation caused by global warming and the war in Ukraine, the works carry many political and environmental resonances. By providing a bird’s-eye perspective into an abstract contemporary dystopia, Filser hopes to give viewers new perspectives on global issues. Alongside the exhibition, the artist has also compiled a portfolio of selected collages and drawings that can be purchased individually, with 100% of proceeds going to Munich Volunteers, an organization that supports refugees from Ukraine.

According to the Artist: “The technique of collage has always been for me an exciting and effective artistic means of dealing with my subjective experience, as well as a tool for reframing our socio-political environment. The collage reveals the living coexistence of disparate parts coming together to form a new reality, demonstrating how one destructive act can suddenly develop creative potential in the process. A temporary order emerges unexpectedly from the chaos, from which new worlds are born. And it so happens that my works often embody a colorful spectacle of different styles of paper, paint and objects, a conglomeration of personal experiences and accidentally discovered stimuli from different media, a journey through the past and the present,” Filser said.

See other works by the artist below.

Christa Filser, Down Under 11 (2021).  Courtesy of Galerie Filser & Gräf.

Christa Filser, Under 11 (2021). Courtesy of Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich.

Christa Filser, Down Under 16 (Green) III (2022).  Courtesy of Galerie Filser & Gräf.

Christa Filser, Under 16 (Green) III (2022). Courtesy of Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich.

Christa Filser, Space Junk III (2022).  Courtesy of Galerie Filser & Gräf.

Christa Filser, Space Junk III (2022). Courtesy of Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich.

Christa Filser: perspective and perceptionis on view at Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich, Germany, through June 18, 2022.

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