Artist Statement

In her work, Alina Birkner explores the interaction of colour and light, perception and the effects both have on the viewer. Gradients and colors melt together softly, creating shimmers, through which it seems as if the colour is freed from the canvas's materiality, developing a life of its own.  Pulsating, contracting, expanding - sometimes calming, at other times unsettling, it challenges the observers visual habits. Rainbows, after images, blurring - visual phenomena like these are dealt with in her paintings, that are created in careful application of many layers of diluted acrylic paint, resulting in a weightless luminosity. She often works in series, which gives her the opportunity to explore and vary a wider spectrum of color combinations, whilst leaving the composition unchanged. Painting here serves as a means of communication for questions that can not be answered on an intellectual level, but can only be dealt with through conscious or subliminal experience.


Selected Exhibitions


"I'm a rainbow,too" Solo Show curated by Rosali Wiesheu at Centercourt Gallery

"Diplom 2016" Akademie der bildenden Künste München


"Recommended by" Group Show at easy!upstream München

"The Good,the Bad,the Ugly" Konstantin Grcic Panorama Painting for Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne München

"Good for nothing (cracks in the mirror)" with Slater Bradley,Sterling Ruby,Cerith Wyn Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yngve Holen, Pae White, Andy Hope,Rosemarie Trockel, Arturo Herrera, Thea Djordjadze curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen at Goodroom Munich