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luminous metamorphoses

"Metamorphosis" means "transformation". In Thomas Rucker’s case, it is light which appears in a variety of intensities, making colors glow. The visions of light are experienced as being both clear and permeable, as well as vigorous and luminous. Light penetrates the color space, causing the latter to expand explosively, seemingly spilling beyond the frame of each painting. These shifting color structures are opposed to the lovely appearance, representing a novel, artistic truth. The renouncement of all concreteness allows for liberal associations and emotional encounters with the work of art on the part of the beholder. Thomas Rucker’s latest development as an artist exhibits extraordinary pictorial evolvement, combined with great directness of shape, which is achieved anew in a vigorous, sensitive manner, painting by painting. The use of large formats often ensues inevitably, with a combination of two, three or more corresponding canvasses frequently resulting. Supplemented by smaller paintings, more often than not, a correlating pictorial story is the outcome, determined by corresponding coloring and shape forming. Thomas Rucker is in command of a rich technical repertoire, simultaneously working on several paintings which are spread out on the floor, and experimenting with new painting and color techniques. Each application of the paint brush leaves a trace on the canvas, nothing is coincidental. The inner conception enters a phase, during which it evolves into a painting – also a metamorphosis.
Ilse Kopke

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