In this series, Island Me, I examine the possibilities of creating a tension between concrete forms and expressive elements by means of a charcoal drawing.
This recent series explore the formal and conceptual potential of charcoal. I like the power and directness of this medium. Charcoal allows me quick modifications reflecting the speed of thoughts and ideas. It is really not complicated to change a dark area into a white one and vice versa creating the multiple layers that make up the drawings. Charcoal is a fertile medium to develop my visual thinking on paper setting up a complex network of lines, forms and structures. The chosen forms and patterns are put together to build up a powerful language, which triggers multiple associations.
For me drawing is a very personal process based on intuition and the interaction of one’s daily life. It is a way of perception, an inspiring process of exploration and discovery.
I am focusing on the conflicting relationship of a threatened environment and a decay of architectural forms. The resulting drawings reflect fictive landscapes, which oscillate between abstraction and figuration.
Synapsale Nachbilder (Synapsal Afterimages)
The series Synapsale Nachbilder (Synapsal Afterimages) is intended to be formal. The drawings build up a linear structure suggesting architectural spaces. Those seem almost as ungraspable as the after-images of spectral outlines on our retinas that form with our eyes closed, depicting something real, but not allowing it to reach a recognizable form. They appear as a reminder of something that we cannot quite remember. The drawings are at the same time placed like virtual anchors in our world that is drifting apart.
They portray the ambiguity of life at large, showing its fragility and uncertainty of our contemporary world, where conditions can change abruptly.
Artist Bio / CV
1985-90 studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig
1990 MFA in Graphics and Painting
1994-96 visiting artist at Columbia College Chicago
Awards and Grants
1991 scholarship of Reclam Verlag, Leipzig
1992 Grant of Kulturfonds (National Culture Foundation)
1994 DAAD Grant (German Academic Exchange Service)
1997 Pollock-Krasner Grant, New York
2002 Grant of Kunstfonds, Saxony
2011 art Karlsruhe-Prize
2012 Island Me, Hunchentoot Gallery, Berlin / c
2010 Mining Ground, Digging Field, Hunchentoot Gallery, Berlin / c
2009 CDF reconfigured, Hermann-Grochtmann-Museum, Datteln / c
Four Times Home Again, Literaturforum Berlin
2006 Home Again, Studio Gallery, Museum Sensenhammer, Leverkusen
2004 Atomic City, APEX Gallery, Göttingen
Malerei, Inga Kondeyne Gallery, Berlin
2003 In Between, Kleindienst Gallery, Leipzig
Extented, Inga Kondeyne Gallery, Berlin
2002 Transfer, ACC Gallery, Weimar / c
2001 Lining up, Inga Kondeyne Gallery, Berlin
2000 Sequence, Fassbender Gallery, Chicago / c
1998 two.o.two south state, Beck-Eggeling Gallery, Leipzig
1997 Logarithm of Two Seasons, Fassbender Gallery, Chicago
1995 Zeichnungen, Buskies Gallery, Horneburg
1994 Place, Museum Sensenhammer, Leverkusen
1993 Neunet-h, Lang Gallery, Berlin
Misa-Cortex, Buskies Gallery, Horneburg
1992 Songlines, Gallery Dependance Specks Hof, Leipzig / c
1991 Umbra, Buskies Gallery, Horneburg / c
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