Gudrun Mertes-Frady

As a timeless organizing principle, geometry is the underlying matrix or architecture of all my work. I am drawn to its symmetry and quasi-symmetry and the limitless potential to create my own world.

My work is about clarity and structure, pared down to essential forms. In my recent paintings and drawings, I use metallic pigments, like aluminum and graphite. I also use mica particles mixed with my colors to affect a kinetic quality of illusory motion depending from which angle the work is seen.

I’m very interested to explore physical fact and psychic affect of color and form with this process. I work toward the instant the work has its own center, its own logic, physically and intellectually.

Most of all I want my work to be about deceleration, in the spirit of the works by Olafur Eliasson and the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, as a counter point to the ever accelerating whirl of our time, in which our lives seem trapped. There is one more thing of importance to me—a sense of beauty.

Gudrun Mertes-Frady

Gudrun Mertes-Frady was born in Cologne Germany, where she studied at the Hochschule für Art und Design. She lives and works in Brooklyn New York.

Album 1

Gudrun Mertes Frady, Skylight # 14, Water-based and metallic medias on mylar, Overall: 19 x 24in. (48.3 x 61cm), Courtesy of the artist, Brooklyn, New York, and Kathryn Markel FIne Arts, New YorkGudrun Mertes Frady, Skylight #21, Ink and mixed media on Mylar, Overall: 19 x 24in. (48.3 x 61cm) image, Courtesy of the artist, Brooklyn, New YorkGudrun Mertes Frady, Skylight # 11, Water-based and metallic medias on mylar, Overall: 19 x 24in. (48.3 x 61cm), Courtesy of the artist, Brooklyn, New York, and Kathryn Markel FIne Arts, New York