For his ninth solo exhibition at the Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Herbert Brandl is showing current paintings and sculptures that signal a new and energy-charged stylistic idiom within his oeuvre.
The exhibition’s titular works revolve around the phenomenon of rain. In preliminary studies and formal approaches Herbert Brandl looked at inspiring, stimulating photographs and studied at length the lighting and dynamics of falling water. The meticulous result consists of small-format atmospherically dense works that subtly capture the co-ordinates of the ‘light space’ and the countermovement of the impacting raindrops. These nature-based structures are complemented by the landscape motif, which since the early 1980s has spanned a broad spectrum in Brandl’s oeuvre ranging from abstraction to figuration. These works pick up on details from the painter’s own garden. Here delicately lit areas of meadowland are ranged alongside image-filling details of a section of hedgerow or the close-up of a monumental pine tree which, on the portrait-format canvas, is segmented into atmospheric individual impressions through his dynamic brushstrokes.
Text: Daniel BrezinaCourtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder