Wolfgang Kluge is a painter of format. Large, often church-window formats lend a festive and almost quite sacred imprint to his loft-like studio rooms in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. Kluge’s paintings are colorful eye-catchers. They are like windows, shedding light and leading to vision.
The viewer looks not just at clever works, but looks into the panorama of an alien world.
His paintings unfold a dual effect. First, they impress the viewer when he looks at them from afar, from a distance of five or ten meters.
But at least the viewer is demanded to look intensely when he studies the paintings on a close distance.
On closer examination, one discovers the finest -anywhere on the image- surface structures and recurring and constantly changing patterns. This fine structuralization makes each painting one of a kind that no one may copy and reproduce, not even the artist himself.
You need not look long for Wolfgang Kluge's secret. It is ready there in many sizes and varieties in his studio on a desk which resembles rather a work-bench. "WHAK", Wolfgang Hermann Albert Kluge – is the symbol with which he signs his works, created not only with brush, but also with a spatula, an artistic tool with which no other contemporary artist can make such a perfection.
Wolfgang Kluge's paintings show the traces of the work process in which they are originated. They are formed not on a specific schedule, but during the course of the artistic process. They attain completion only in the eye of the beholder. The recipient will be involved in the production of the artwork, giving the image meaning and significance.
At the beginning of the artistic creation of Wolfgang Kluge, large-scale abstract paintings stand with monochrome color fields floating away into each other through which you can still detect the influence of his guide Mark Rothko.
In the course of his artistic maturity process, Wolfgang Kluge dissolves step by step from abstract painting and opens up his mind to social issues.
The current crises and conflicts in international politics are reflected in the work of Wolfgang Kluge variously. He avoids harsh and crude agitational effects and consequently chooses the way
of aesthetic transformation and elevation.
Societal criticism far outweighs in context of the previous complete works of Wolfgang Kluge. Whoever looks around in his big studio spaces, marvels at the fullness of impressive paintings flooded with light providing dynamism, vitality and joy of life, all in one or another way.
DR. PETER SCHÜTT
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