Troels Wörsel regards paintings as images; not windows to the world. His pictures are artificial and brimming with complicated signs, allusions and stories.
Untitled (Trondheim), 1994
Untitled (Trondheim) comprises two units, flush and of equal size. The painting presents a cluttered garage-like room painted in black, white and grey nuances in a wealth of techniques. Boards, brooms and step ladders dominate the back of the room while the foreground is empty and thus more abstract. Broken through walls stand as empty frames.
About the workThe painting seems to reproduce a workspace or possibly a studio. Initially we see the easily recognisable tools; only later do the more complex and paradoxical elements of the picture become evident. The picture not only depicts a concrete room but also abstract, formal lines and expanses of colour.
Troels Wörsel’s art in generalWörsel is interested in painting, its history and what it can and cannot do. His works frequently develop from philosophically inspired questions on the relationship between illusion and abstraction: the paradox that a painting often depicts something while being a self-contained object in its own right. When does a picture represent something and when does it represent itself?
Troels Wörsel is self-taught and since the 1970s has exhibited both in Denmark and abroad. This was also when he moved to Munich and later Cologne. In Munich he was.....