To praise the ideational, I paint
strokes on sheets of paper ( technically "vector art" )
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 painted fields digitally compounded from basic geometrical forms were the first solution.
I sign the prints with [stumm] or shortly with [#] ).