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..What happens when watercolor meets ink, lead meets paper, oil meets canvas, or black meets white? Encounters. Encounters arise when distances are reduced..
The distance between the paintings, drawings and watercolors of the artist Momass and the approaching view from the outside is palpable in the face of full-bodied colors and engaging lines that are sweepingly applied to substrates such as canvas, paper and handmade paper. To speak of encounters at this moment would be premature. The viewers approach the paintings, stand in front of them, must first face a pink spatulaed out of space to encounter. The paintings combine a strong and contrasting color scheme, so that the layers of oil paint are not immediately apparent at first glance.
In the attempt to trace the coloring and its emergence, the distance between the image and the eye decreases. Framed by tarry black, colors like thoughts kick themselves free without sticking.
Quite different is the black of the monochrome, which is only recognizable as ink black at second glance due to its color density. This black seems to dance, expands. Almost playfully - as if by chance - opposites of angular and round, above and below, ponderous and light meet.
From the tension created sometimes by the rotating and sometimes by the precision of the uninterrupted strokes, such a strong resonant space emerges that the echo of the lines themselves seems to resonate.Moments of blurring thus become concentration.
Like an Ensō, the symbol of Japanese calligraphy that shows the state of mind at the moment of creation.
Momass takes the liberty of not letting his art emerge by chance.
Momass art is free from constraint and free enough to encounter.
Momass allows us viewers to participate in these encounters, makes them tangible for us. - Christina A. Anders