Franziska Goes is a German contemporary artist, working in the media of painting and drawing. The artist assembles abstract motifs of mixing various elements from Modernism and Formalism in different layers on her large scale abstract paintings. The repetitive formal elements seem to be plastered over each other in saturated and desaturated Acrylic colours on canvas. The order of structures, instinctive colour fields, and definition of titles like ‘flowing clarity/soft nature’ or ‘five elements/order’ by Franziska Goes seem to be arranged, hyperrealistic formations or paradox constellations of naturalistic tendencies in correlation to each other.
“Where the pictorial elements partially overlap and suggest – or indeed present - a superimposition of different planes, one might be reminded of the layers in digital clickable image programmes. But however much a painted picture is also shaped by the visual environment, Franziska Goes’ work reflects both on the environment as well as on the language of painting itself.”
Paradoxical Spaces: On the painting of Franziska Goes
– Ludwig Seyfarth
Franziska Goes (b.1971) obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in the Masters class of Painting at the UdK University of Fine Arts, Berlin, DE, in 1998. Franziska Goes lectured at the Weimar Bauhaus school of art. Since 2017 she lectures at BSDC, the Berlin School of Design and Communication, SRH University of Applied Sciences, DE. Franziska Goes’ work is held in collections such as the Sweden National Public Art Council, the Collection of the City of Arhus, DK, the Beatrice Guillaume-Grabisch and Johannes Grabisch Collection, and Columbus Art Foundation, Ravensburg, Germany. Franziska Goes has shown in various solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe, such as her latest group exhibition, curated by Olaf Holzapfel at Kunst Kunz Gallery in Munich, DE, in 2020. Among others, she has shown at Thomassen Gallery, in Göteborg, Schweden, SE, at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE, and at Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE. Her upcoming solo show takes place at Moskowitz Bayse Gallery in Los Angeles, US, in 2022. Franziska Goes works and lives in Berlin, DE.