Tomma Abts: Real Spaces & Illusions of Depth

Tomma Abts, Fenke, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas, 18 7/8 x 15 inches (courtesy
Tomma Abts, Fenke, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas, 18 7/8 x 15 inches (courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery)

David Rhodes reviews a recent exhibition of works by Tomma Abts at David Zwirner Gallery, New York.

Rhodes writes that in Fenke (2014): "Surface as a subject and its contradiction through an irresistible illusionism propels a counterpoint that succeeds in engaging vision, touch and thinking equally. Fenke even has a slice cut in from its edge, inviting real space to participate and contrast the illusions of depth created elsewhere in the composition... Abts’s approach is intuitive – the geometric planar compositions emerge without a prior plan and so refute along the way the need for a fixed rationale. Her space is a shallow and completely convincing one, always askew and splintered."