|“Who has ears to listen...” by Stephan Koller|
|The German painter Eva Warnke exhibits until November 2 in Chicago.
Chicago, IL - Her paintings tell about tragedies, comedies and romances. EVA WARNKE’s paintings narrate stories of feelings and poetry. “Such a work can be created only by a woman”, says MIA PARK, owner of the namesake gallery in Chicago. Last Thursday there has been opened an exhibition of the artist which continues until November 2.
About 140 lovers of art, personalities of politics, economy and culture seized the opportunity, during the performance, to be inspired by EVA WARNKE’s works. Even since 1989 the German painter created a sensation in NEW YORK and ROME. Today the former pupil of the WALDORFSCHULE lives in Italy. In the country “where lemons blossom” she composes her works.
The artist’s paintings tell stories. “Who has eyes to see, let him see. Who has ears to hear, let him hear”. The visitor should only dispose of calm and enough artistic imagination to immerse himself in the paintings. The dialogues inside the paintings are not bound to an earthly language. Everybody can understand them.
EVA WARNKE’s peculiarity in a “painting in the painting”. In any corner you can always find a little portrait, usually in black and white or delicately coloured, which provides even a comprehension key for the overall painting. The “marginally” portrayed figures are intensely related to the subjects that surround them in the compositions. You can see with your imagination a mythical passion among the represented figures and those living only in the dresses.
The scene seems to be almost innocuous. The classic reproduction of a male face as handsome as Aedon in a corner, a nostalgic look turned to the sky. On a chair a velvet cloak in the colour of love. Almost aside on the floor lies an apple, the forbidden fruit. It is impossible to represent more imaginatively the myth of Adam and Eve and the expulsion from the Earthly Paradise. The spectator sinks in a sea of associations. No limit is set to one’s imaginative strength.
Music is an element as fundamental, as movement and dance. A “leading ballerina” becomes a whole with the painting and the music that surrounds her. The opened score holds the codes of the “shaded sounds”. A violin is at the spectator’s disposal. He has only to hold it and mentally awake with music the life in the picture. Melodies by Chopin and Liszt vibrate in EVA WARNKE’s works. You can almost feel them. Here do the pictorial and poetical arts wed at the altar of “symphonic poetry”. “Who has ears to listen...”
In „NORDAMERIKANISCHE WOCHEN-POST“
October 26 November 1, 1991