Taking ons’s bearings
Translation from German by Tim Chafer
Along with abstract colour configurations, it is mainly huts, barns and sheds that Olaf Quantius uses as motifs in his work. These are buildings that commonly attract little interest, marginal entities that, with the aid of an artistic interpretation, are brought to renewed consideration and attention. Quantius’ works are not one-offs, but parts of groups. In these series with in most cases suggestive titles, the artist does not concentrate on minimal variations on a pictorial theme, once it has been found. Instead, the selected subjects give him repeated opportunities to address fundamental issues and observations on the nature of things, of being and of painting itself.