Reso - Available works
Reso’s works are inspired by New York Style Writing, a more artistic form of graffiti, where the attention is drawn to the ornately writing of the artist‘s name or pseudonym; it stands out by a conspicuous design or coloration and is the main component of the painting‘s composition. Reso, a master of his craft, transforms, modifies and arranges his alias in an artistic and dynamic way over and over again. The artist fascinates the viewer by clean shapes and colours as well as by elegant letter combinations. Only some drips are running down the canvas. They break up precisely curved lines and counter the common perfection of Reso’s paintings with a short moment of wildness. The artist uses the drips deliberately as a compositional device that obviously refers to Reso‘s artistic origin as a graffiti writer.
This catalogue aims to present an impressive cross-section through the artist’s previous oeuvre. It is a body of work, that has a distinctive recognition factor due to several repeating series. In the beginning, there was ‚Crossroads‘, the first cycle and a signi cant stage in Reso’s career as a studio artist - both, literally and meta- phorically speaking. Paintings from this series refer back to an inner conflict Reso had to face with early in his career: the decision between graffiti writing and abstract art. Works belonging to the series of ‚Crossroads‘ can be identffied by lettering which is grounded harmoniously at the lower part of the canvas.
Patrick Jungfleisch’s latest cycle ‚Beyond‘ shows a totally new and minimalist approach, which is completely free of traditional Style Writing. Reso’s previously created works had been carefully structured and strictly controlled in their realization, but now the nal piece is almost a pure, abstract and random result. So in regard to these works the canvas has only been touched by the artist while having applied the rst layer of paint.
Between ‚Crossroads‘ and ‚Beyond‘‚, two other series were created by the artist: one of them is named ‚Bridge‘ - a cycle, which is not only related by name to actual existing bridges; the other one is a more recent cycle called ‚While you were sleeping‘. The former can easily be identified by titles such as ‚Kingsbridge‘ or ‚Bronx River Bridge‘ and by the fact that pieces of this series are only existing in a portrait format. The edgy compositional interpretation of the writing and its structural balance always refer to the static of the prevailing bridge. The colours of these works often follow the colouring of their three- dimensional models, as seen in Patrick Jungfleisch’s latest piece ‚Triborough Bridge‘, that is painted in cool shades of blue and grey.
As already stated in the title, works of the cycle ‚While you were sleeping‘ were created at night, when others were sleeping. But in contrast to gra ti sprayers, who mainly spray-paint on facades or train compartments after dark, Reso works under the dazzling light of his studio, creating canvases which all have something signi cant in common: a clean white background. In this case, the colour white stands for the good, the new and also for precision. It contrasts – if only indirectly – with the darkness of the night.
With his most recent series ‚Grau‘, Reso shows that Graffiti or Style Writing don‘t always have to shine in bright, loud or glossy colours; it can also exist in subdued tones such as grey. Looking at those pieces it seems that Gra ti which already arrived in galleries as a form of ‚art‘ have to be liberated from common clichés. The pieces need not compete with ashy billboards in the streets any longer. Hanging in a so called ‚White Cube‘, the viewer‘s attention is caught even by works in pale and muted colors.
Reso‘s work is about tradition and revolution, it is about writing as an independent motif and Graffiti as a form of Abstraction.