Paul Czerlitzki


Kirche Saatlen
Saatlenstrasse 240
8050 Zürich
  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

2014 / 2015
Three pieces, pigment on canvas each 240 × 200 × cm

The roofed entrance area at Saatlen Church in Schwamendingen, Zurich, accommodates three large-format paintings by Polish artist Paul Czerlitzki (b. 1986). The almost square paintings are leant against the walls and possess a simplicity (the red colouring is the only accentuating feature) that suits the straightforward brick building by Zurich architect Claude Paillard. This modern sacral structure, built between 1962 and 1964, was designed by Paillard at Atelier CJP (Fred Cramer, Werner Jaray, Claude Paillard and Peter Leemann).

During his daily painting routine, Czerlitzki collects one painting’s pigments on the primed canvas of another. Thus, the artist uses the residues of one work to create a new piece. The fragile surfaces have an ephemeral appearance that changes according to the incident light and the observer’s position. In their transience, they are caused to take on a very distinct pattern during the course of the exhibition, by the environment, weather and human impact.

Courtesy of the artist and annex14, Zurich