Born 1965 in Frankfurt a.M. /Germany
1992-1996 Städelschule, State University of Fine Arts, Frankfurt am Main with Georg Herold and Per Kirkeby
1996 Master student in the class of Per Kirkeby
1996 Statens Kunstakademi, Bergen, Norway with Luc Tuymans and Lawrence Weiner
2000-2001 Goldrausch, artist grant for a one year stay in New York City
2001-2002 Studio grant of the Hessian Cultural Foundation
2007 Catalog grant from the Senate Chancellery for Culture Berlin
2008 Working grant of the Kunstfonds Bonn
2019 Research grant from the Senate Chancellery for Culture Berlin
Over the past decades, Britta Lumer has developed a consistent body of work, most of which takes place on paper and yet cannot easily be understood as a drawing. For nothing concrete is grasped, or captured and preserved in artistic representation. Instead, her works on paper - not infrequently monumental views of bodies, portraits, architecture, and cityscapes - which play into the figurative, seem to drive their subjects to the edge of dissolution, of liquification.
This intentional leap into the imprecise is matched by her use of artistic tools. For her large-format ink drawings, she has constructed a fully movable worktable in order to be able to direct the flowing ink in all directions. For years she has been working on innovative techniques in order to be able to fathom a coherent balance between the plannable and the accidental. Thus, in her paintings nothing appears in its fixed place, everything in contour could also move in different directions.
Doubles, linear shifts, accumulations of pigment, gradients of light-dark contrasts reveal a degree of contingency that makes, what is depicted, strange to us and yet lends itself to contemplative observation. Instead of delivering ready-made projections, Lumer works out projection surfaces to whose vagueness and delicacy we as viewers can never relate as if what is to be seen could be interpreted as a formulation of something already known. Text: Daniel Marzona