Andro Wekua’s new body of work builds on elements of his painting practice, which frequently oscillates between figuration and abstraction.

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

 

june berlin (2021) finds the artist taking up a classic painting motif—still life with flowers—and fragmenting it with his typical, expressive brushstrokes. Highlighted  against  the  broader canvas is a towering blue rose, flanked by two smaller, reddish flowers. The background undulates in flickering shades of soft pink, blue and pencil strokes. Though the rose is a very loaded symbol in many cultures, its significance is downplayed here; instead the work explores painting in itself.

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021
Oil, pencil and chalk on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

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Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021
Oil, pencil and chalk on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021
Oil, pencil and chalk on canvas
80 × 60 cm
31 1/2 × 23 5/8 inches

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021

Andro Wekua
june berlin, 2021

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june berlin (2021) finds the artist taking up a classic painting motif—still life with flowers—and fragmenting it with his typical, expressive brushstrokes. Highlighted  against  the  broader canvas is a towering blue rose, flanked by two smaller, reddish flowers. The background undulates in flickering shades of soft pink, blue and pencil strokes. Though the rose is a very loaded symbol in many cultures, its significance is downplayed here; instead the work explores painting in itself.

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
It Seems Like That, 2021
Oil and pencil on canvas
120 × 100.2 cm
47 1/4 × 39 1/2 inches

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Known for his dense, multilayered paintings and collages, Wekua’s It Seems Like That (2021) is striking in its comparatively lean imagery, though both its motif and subtle formal language echo his earlier mannequin figures as well. At the center of an otherwise empty canvas is a figure painted with a single, sketchily-rendered blue line. The slightly mannerist proportions of the figure’s limbs are typical Wekua; its body refuses any clear gender classification. Heightening this impression of androgyny is the figure’s cropped hairstyle: although the definitive line indicates chin-length hair, whispers of blue hint that it might be longer. The figure’s vague, unfocused gaze seems momentarily directed at the viewer until a closer look reveals its eyes to be looking in different directions.

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Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
It Seems Like That, 2021
Oil and pencil on canvas
120 × 100.2 cm
47 1/4 × 39 1/2 inches

Andro Wekua
It Seems Like That, 2021
Oil and pencil on canvas
120 × 100.2 cm
47 1/4 × 39 1/2 inches

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
It Seems Like That, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua
It Seems Like That, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
It Seems Like That, 2021

Andro Wekua
It Seems Like That, 2021

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Known for his dense, multilayered paintings and collages, Wekua’s It Seems Like That (2021) is striking in its comparatively lean imagery, though both its motif and subtle formal language echo his earlier mannequin figures as well. At the center of an otherwise empty canvas is a figure painted with a single, sketchily-rendered blue line. The slightly mannerist proportions of the figure’s limbs are typical Wekua; its body refuses any clear gender classification. Heightening this impression of androgyny is the figure’s cropped hairstyle: although the definitive line indicates chin-length hair, whispers of blue hint that it might be longer. The figure’s vague, unfocused gaze seems momentarily directed at the viewer until a closer look reveals its eyes to be looking in different directions.

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

All installation views by Ingo Kniest

 

Andro Wekua’s works conjure images, associations, and memories that defy straightforward interpretation.

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Vardi 13:45, 2021
Oil on canvas
129 × 167 × 4.5 cm
50 7/8 × 65 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches

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Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Vardi 13:45, 2021
Oil on canvas
129 × 167 × 4.5 cm
50 7/8 × 65 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches

Andro Wekua
Vardi 13:45, 2021
Oil on canvas
129 × 167 × 4.5 cm
50 7/8 × 65 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Vardi 13:45, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua
Vardi 13:45, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Vardi 13:45, 2021

Andro Wekua
Vardi 13:45, 2021

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Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Iris 9:10, 2021
Oil on canvas
129 × 167 × 4.5 cm
50 7/8 × 65 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches

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Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Iris 9:10, 2021
Oil on canvas
129 × 167 × 4.5 cm
50 7/8 × 65 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches

Andro Wekua
Iris 9:10, 2021
Oil on canvas
129 × 167 × 4.5 cm
50 7/8 × 65 3/4 × 1 3/4 inches

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Iris 9:10, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua
Iris 9:10, 2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Iris 9:10, 2021

Andro Wekua
Iris 9:10, 2021

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Many of Wekua’s works have a dream-like quality. His associative tapestry of motifs and moods, personal memories and cultural histories evinces a play with the unknown and sublime. Boundaries between naturalness and artifice dissolve, as do those between past and present, impression and feeling. Hints at a narrative remain elusive, challenging any presumed specificity.

 

The artist’s practice exposes not only the inherent impermanence of any kind of representation, but also that of perception itself.

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021
Oil on canvas
30.2 × 36.5 × 2 cm
12 × 14 3/8 × 7/8 inches

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Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021
Oil on canvas
30.2 × 36.5 × 2 cm
12 × 14 3/8 × 7/8 inches

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021
Oil on canvas
30.2 × 36.5 × 2 cm
12 × 14 3/8 × 7/8 inches

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021 (detail)

Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin
Andro Wekua –  It Seems Like That – Berlin

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021

Andro Wekua
Half Moon, 2017/2021

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The artist’s practice exposes not only the inherent impermanence of any kind of representation, but also that of perception itself.