Art  is the endeavour to provide value to a stance. I love art. But I love it even more when the truth is expressed clearly. Painting just as writing is about clarifying and asserting ideas. Painting is (indeed like writing) for oneself in the first place, it's like an essay on a #subject, a bunch of questions - addressed to oneself. It has no purpose. But it tries to preserve sense within itself.

To praise the ideational,  I paint

strokes on canvas ( technically "digital painting" )


... with a daily check at EFFHN  and TBIJ  — for signs, for the future prospect what digital mass surveillance  and the lobbying power of big money  will lead to.

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About my printed/ painted graphic work

I'm sure art can not be taught. – Instructive anyway for students is to admire artists of the past. When I studied at the Weimar Bauhaus University there were the famous murals by Oskar Schlemmer on the walls.

Reality is always a distortion field. (This statement is a little different from the famous RDF one about Steve Jobs.) – Facts? - filtering, hiding and particular interests are the more important properties associated with "facts".

Roy Lichtenstein described pop art as industrial painting. While his parallel stripes and Ben-Day dots are actually hand-painted he tried to give them a look of 'industrially made' from the distance.
What I do is the opposite. I give my works a hand-crafted look from the distance while they are industrially (digitally) made in the detail structure.
There are two opposing approaches in painting. – Both I did not want in my work:
-  gestic strokes, emotional expression, directness
-  clear composition, abstracted shape, calculation.
From this dissent I drew the conclusion:  A stroke is the emulation, the reflection of a stroke.
In the end, digitally or not, every single nuance of a color, every shape and every direction of a stroke has to go through the brain of the artist.
If not it's not art.
I found it not very interesting how digital tools /drawing applications imitate the appearance of water colours, charcoal etc.
I was searching for strokes that do not hide their digital origin – that have still structure but an obviously artificial /digitally made structure.
Strokes and colour fields digitally formed from disks were the first and basic solution.
I sign the prints with  [stumm]  or shortly with  [#] ).

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