My work deals with ways of digital imagery and the analog transformation of those worlds into the pictorial space. The analog production process breaks and livens up the grid, which functions as a structuring system. This way I try to humanize technology and make it less perfect. Due to the lengthy manufacturing process, the deceleration becomes a main aspect of my work. By doing so, the indirection itself is the goal. The analog manufacturing processes grasp brief moments on screen, which would otherwise only be visible for fractures of a second. My woodprints express the urge of capturing the contemporary digital screenworld with painterly means. My approach of printmaking has evolved from a classical painting position, which has developed into a new, conceptual perception of post-digital painting. The procedure of printing is not utilized for reproduction, as I do not print in editions. Therefore, all pictures are originals in the sense of a classic painting. The specific aesthetics of the woodprint in combination with digital subjects, particularly the organic materiality and haptic of wood in contrast to the clean perfection of the digital screenworld, fascinate me. For printmaking I use 32 different oil based colors, which stem from the Gameboy Color game console released in 1998. The motives are based on digital imagery combining fragments from early imaging programs and primitive computer games with pixelated digital images and simulated painterly gestures. User interfaces and tools from computer programs are reoccurring elements throughout my motives.
Another artistic approach, following the same thought process and motivation, is a series of typewriter drawings. In this series, the motives are achieved by typing on an old-fashioned manual typewriter. This body of work is linked to the series of woodprints and rooted in the search for a different analog translation of digital imagery. Again, I utilize this printing method as a means of producing paintings in a wider sense. I write these motives line by line on Japanese paper, using different letters and symbols. On closer inspection, they remind the viewer of binary codes and data structures, emphasizing the connection to the imagery from the digital world.
” Art is a cheap form of self-therapy. “
Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.