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RAINER GROSS

ESSAY

 

Excerpt from 'Rainer Gross: Logo Paintings' by Peter Lodermeyer

For more than 20 years, the artist, born in Cologne (Germany) and living in New York since 1972--in Manhattan, to be precise--has been known on both sides of the Atlantic through numerous exhibitions as an abstract painter.  With the invention of Contact Painting, "a casting technique he developed from traditional monotype and transferred to painting, he created for himself a flexible tool with which he was able to experiment in different directions over many years, a method that enabled him to bring chance and control in varying proportions into the process of painting.  Thus Rainer Gross was able to add a process-oriented variant to abstract painting, over and above monochrome, color painting, and radical painting.