René Wirths


Six years after his last Paris exhibition, Belin artist René Wirths is returning to the French capital with a new project centring on objects and their representation. His work will be shown in the Impasse Beaubourg space in an echo of Accumulations, the exhibition of Arman’s work showing in Galerie Daniel Templon’s other space opposite, on Rue Beaubourg.

René Wirths is fascinated by the question of perception and focuses exclusively on meticulously painting everyday objects. Wirths subjects the objects to an exhaustive visual examination in the natural light of his studio. He then reproduces them on a sober white background in minute detail, without the distraction or confinement of reality. Each piece incorporates the presence of other objects via reflections of nearby canvases in the studio and, often, the presence of the artist himself.

René Wirths has thus developed an artistic practice that is closer to conceptual art than traditional painting. His approach lies on the dividing line between accessible reality and subjective view, optical phenomenon and context, homing in on our perception of images and their component objects within our experience of the world – a perception that in reality is rooted in painting.

The exhibition’s title, Jazz, is playful and evocative, reflecting the artist’s open working process. René Wirths’ influences and outlooks are not confined to the sphere of realism or even hyperrealism. By playing on the rhythmic appearance of his paintings, Wirths produces an ensemble similar to a complex melody, alternately slow and fast, silent and loud, intellectual and intuitive.

The artist

Born in 1967 in Waldbröl, Germany, René Wirths lives and works in Berlin. Fascinated by questions of perception and representation, he produces carefully framed meticulous paintings of everyday objects on a white background. He ‘poses’ his ‘subjects’ in the natural light of his studio and then renders them precisely as he sees them, forcing the viewer into a head-on confrontation. Part conceptual, part hyperrealist, his works reveal the failings of our perception and explore the perplexity the artist feels when examining the world. 

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