Martin Assig: St Paul Series

By JAN-PHILIPP FRUEHSORGE

 

Since 2010 Martin Assig is working on his series called „St. Paul“, a name that might evoke the eponymous apostle as well as the artist Paul Klee, who is thereby turned into a kind of saint of the arts watching over his followers.

Art and spirituality, the holy and the profane, the word and the image are having a conversation in Assig’s works, that also remind us of a very specific genre of images, the votive painting. Here, we communicate with higher powers, we address our wishes and needs to the supernatural forces, from which we expect attention and care, to be heard and to be understood, to be healed and to be forgiven.

With Assig we ask those questions as a means of self-assurance, as a way of proof to ourselves to be existent. With him, we listen to the flow of thoughts, the perception of things that surround us.

In colorful compositions, partly abstract, partly figurative, on paper that is covered in wax, the artist reflects on matters of believe and destiny, but even the agnostic or non-believer would probably respond to them as playfully metaphysical, or simply philosophical.

A compass or a navigation tool in the labyrinth of being, but one that offers not quick routes but a deep contemplation in beauty.

MARTIN ASSIG, St. Paul #888, Bist du Gluecklich ? (Are you happy ?) , 2O18. Tempera and wax on paper, 39,3 x 30, 5 cm
MARTIN ASSIG, St. Paul #1010 Nicht der erste, nicht der letzte (not the first, not the last), 2019. Tempera, pencil and wax on paper, 39'3 x 30'5 cm
MARTIN ASSIG, St. Paul #1008, 2019. Tempera, pencil and wax on paper, 39'3 x 30'5 cm
MARTIN ASSIG, St. Paul #922, Wo ist Welt ? (World is Where ?), 2O18. Tempera and wax on paper, 39'3 x 30'5 cm