THE GATHERING

58 X 40cm • PENCILS • 2012

This image depicts pareidolian, archetypal and mythological entities, gathering to listen to a reading from the book of life, conducted by the invisible mask-wearing Psyche. With a copper engraving-like meticulousness, reminiscent of the old masters such as Albrecht Dürer, an exuberant continent of world phenomena is described.

Gathered, in a princely setting, a miracle arena of wonders biological, mineral and atmospheric are seen, along with cultural artefacts, past and present. These are displayed in a psycho-physical pandemonium, reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, Dali and Max Ernst. Surreal scale jumps between large and small heads, figures and architectural fragments, suggesting a dream world and an alternative dimension of physical laws, rather than those of this realm of pragmatic reality.

 

Text: Prof. Dr. Volker Fischer, Master Curator, Art Historian and Critic Honorary Professor of the Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main / Frankfurt

AUDIENCE AT THE TEMPLE

KINGDOM OF THE CLOUDS

40 X 24cm • PENCILS • 2014

In this image, the artist portrays an un-earthly assembly, described literally as the “Kingdom of the Clouds”. The depiction seems like an apotheosis or an animalistic last judgement. The title “Audience at the Temple” also reminds one of the heavenly temple of Jerusalem in the old testament, or a divine temple of the Gods. This panoramic image cultivates a baroque perspective of church domes, where the attendant figures, man and beast are bright and expectant, growing lighter to the centre, acting as heavenly guides to an unknown paradise. Within this gathering are central ethereal figures in prayer, that seem to belong to a different and numinous reality. In contrast, the dark held marginal figures, from a mythological past, stand in a state of grace. The swarming density symbolizes the infinite history and the millions of variants and possibilities of human existence and experience. This exuberant abundance becomes an appreciation and symbol of the arbitrary power of life itself.

 

Text: Prof. Dr. Volker Fischer, Master Curator, Art Historian and Critic Honorary Professor of the Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main / Frankfurt

TROJAN HORSE

40 X 24cm • PENCILS • 2014

The Trojan Horse stands in a field of archetypal and mythological creatures that seem to belong more to the legends and the demi-mondes of JR Tolkien than to the ancient epic of Homer. The background at the image’s centre is lightened, so that an almost baroque illusionary space arises. Preceding any historically accurate tradition was the narrative, a poetic disclosure of past events, for which Homer is known as the first exponent. The birth of historiography is therefore the narration. Additionally, the Cosmos that the artist has applied to this image resets Homer’s Trojan Horse, to its original context of mythology, exculpated from rational classicism.

 

Text: Prof. Dr. Volker Fischer, Master Curator, Art Historian and Critic Honorary Professor of the Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main / Frankfurt

UNEXPECTED GUESTS

57 X 36cm • PENCILS • 2014

Roots, lianas and snakes connect and embrace each other, staging their struggle for life within a medusa-like throng. Here, Charles Darwin, as well as Edgar Allan Poe and perhaps also HP Lovecraft seem to have been patrons. Depictions of evolutionary possibilities are brought into existence, atomic and cosmic energies bring forth life with a resulting diversity of primeval beings and more complex species appearing around a vortex spiral. Entities drawn in from alternate dimensions, cross-converging otherwise separated worlds.

 

Text: Prof. Dr. Volker Fischer, Master Curator, Art Historian and Critic Honorary Professor of the Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main / Frankfurt