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Tina Gillen

In Tina Gillen’s (b.1972, Luxembourg) paintings, the subject depicted is often reduced to its simplest elements. Her works present figurative worlds counterbalanced by abstract forms and the back-and-forth movement between these two dimensions wisely balances the great mastery of the pictorial vocabulary and a certain ‘letting go’ in the execution, a certain rigour in the composition and a more intuitive approach. Both surface and space compete for the viewer’s attention, resulting in a complex confusion, a charged atmosphere. The linear perspective appears abolished and the perception unsettled. The point of departure for her paintings is usually located in photographs stemming from various contexts – magazines, the Internet, postcards, etc. – which Gillen subjects to a process of reduction and abstraction: ‘I remove things in order to, paradoxically, reach a certain readability. I emphasize the abstraction by keeping just the strict minimum.’

Artworks

  1. Tina Gillen Häusersequenz, 1996

    24 peintures acryliques sur toile et caisse en bois
    35 x 45 cm chacune
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 1998
    Apport FOCUNA
    Œuvre présentée dans l'exposition Le meilleur des mondes (du point de vue de la collection Mudam), 30.01.2010 – 23.05.2010, Mudam Luxembourg © Photo : Andrés Lejona | Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Tina Gillen Katrina, 2008

    Acrylique sur toile
    210 x 300 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2009 - Marie-Anne et Jacques Loesch
    © Photo : Galerie Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg

  1. Tina Gillen Sans Titre, 2004

    Sérigraphie sur papier
    30 x 40 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation anonyme – 2007
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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