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Moody Layouts

The interiors in 'Moody Layouts' are filled with figures, objects and patterns. When not bathed in warm lamplight, the scenes glow in the light of various screens. Patterned pyjamas allow the bodies of the male protagonists to merge with each other and with the surrounding sofa cushions. The watercolours are small and densely painted, requiring a close-up viewing. By carefully tearing the paper, I have exposed the soft fibres at its edges in order to emphasize the work‘s materiality.

Watercolour painting of two people sitting a sofa facing each other, the sofa and the figures' pyjamas are covered in different plaids

Untitled, 2024, watercolour on paper, 12 × 13 cm

Watercolour painting of two people sitting a sofa facing each other, the sofa and the figures' pyjamas are covered in different plaids

Untitled, 2024, watercolour on paper, 12.5 × 11 cm

Watercolour painting of a person sitting on a sofa, the sofa and the figure's pyjamas are covered in different plaids

Untitled, 2024, watercolour on paper, 14 × 15 cm

Watercolour painting of a person sitting on a sofa, the sofa and the figures' pyjamas are covered in different plaids

Untitled, 2024, watercolour on paper, 15 × 14 cm

Watercolour painting of two people sitting a sofa facing each other, the sofa and the figures' pyjamas are covered in different plaids

Untitled, 2024, watercolour on paper, 13 × 15 cm

Watercolour painting of two people sitting a sofa facing each other, the sofa and the figures' pyjamas are covered in different plaids

Untitled, 2024, watercolour on paper, 14 × 14 cm

Watercolour painting of two people sitting a sofa facing each other, the sofa and the figures' pyjamas are covered in different plaids

Untitled, 2024, watercolour on paper, 13 × 15 cm

009

Message Board

'Message Board' was designed for a window display at the Lost Weekend Café in Munich. I was inspired by the bulletin boards of the nearby university buildings. The installation consists of a large-format wallpaper print on which 16 works on paper are mounted. By using 3D rendering programs, the print was designed to imitate and illusionistically extend the light situation in the shop window and the works on paper presented. This visual effect aims to blur the distinction between printed and tangible objects. Real and printed shadows overlap, motifs repeatedly appear.

A photo of an art installation that depicts colourful sheets of paper as well as drawings of men working in offices composed in the look of a message board

Message Board, 2023, 260 x 210 cm (installation view)

A photo of an art installation that depicts colourful sheets of paper as well as drawings of men working in offices composed in the look of a message board
A photo of an art installation that depicts colourful sheets of paper as well as drawings of men working in offices composed in the look of a message board
A photo of an art installation that depicts colourful sheets of paper as well as drawings of men working in offices composed in the look of a message board
A photo of an art installation that depicts colourful sheets of paper as well as drawings of men working in offices composed in the look of a message board
A photo of an art installation that depicts colourful sheets of paper as well as drawings of men working in offices composed in the look of a message board

Message Board, 2023, 260 x 210 cm (detail view)

Book

Browser

The pocket sized booklet combines drawings and texts produced in the months leading up to the exhibition 'Blue Light' at Boutwell Schabrowsky in Munich. 'Browser' mines unused scribbles for future paintings, repurposed quotes, and notes from several sketchbooks to reflect on the shortcomings of language as well as the many hats images wear. Recurring characters are a missing cat, an open book, and question marks. The booklet's cover is embossed and the pages are printed on a risograph machine by Herr & Frau Rio in Munich; it measures 9.5 × 14.5 cm. Artist Giulia Zabarella helped compile the texts, while the design concept was developed in collaboration with Manuel Lorenz. The production of 'Browser' was supported by the Stiftung Kunstfonds.

A stack of small white books on a dark grey surface
A small white book seen from above on a dark grey surface
An open book, on the lower left corner a name is printed: „Browser's history slowly trickles into space“. On the right page a small drawing of a mind map is visible.
An open book, on the lower left corner a name is printed: „Shabby prints on recycled paper / Forming a lattice for her ideas“. On the right page two small drawings are visible.
An open book, on the lower left corner a name is printed: „Unsolicited advice by repurposed images / Included“. On the right page a small drawing a man reading a book and a coffee mug on a table are visible.
A photo of an open book. On the right page a small drawing of an open book is visible.

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Night Views

'Night Views' shows painted reproductions of wallpaper images from Apple's macOS operating system. The nocturnal scenes in which I have embedded these iconic landscapes appear particularly enlarged due to their strong cropping. What happens in front of the screen - anonymous backs of heads and profiles of faces, bent elbows in checked shirts and pointing hands - appears flat like a silhouette thanks to the use of matt colors. In contrast, the use of watery colors and overlapping layers enhances the depth of the landscapes depicted.

A painting of an open laptop, two hands resting on the side of the screen and the keyboard, with a login screen and a landscape wallpaper

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 100 × 120 cm

A painting of a pair of hands typing on a laptop keyboard

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 120 × 140 cm

A painting of a silhouette adjusting a computer screen with a very messy desktop

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 160 × 190 cm

A painting of a person, only the checkered shirt is visible, leaning on a desk in front of a pink and brightly lit laptop screen

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 100 × 120 cm

Two silhouettes in conversation in front of a desert wallpaper on a laptop

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 80 × 90 cm

A painting of a checkered short. In the upper right corner a blank rectangle is visible and behind that a green landscape.

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 70 × 80 cm

A pair of hands holding a brightly lit tablet computer in their hands

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 60 × 70 cm

A painting of two people, a silhouette of a face and a shoulder are visible, in front of a green and blue brightly lit computer screen

Untitled, 2022, gesso and acrylic on canvas, 80 × 100 cm

007

A—Z

Each image in the 'A—Z' series shows a book being taken off a shelf or put back in by a hand or a pair of hands. The bookcovers are predominantly monochrome. They show neither text nor images. The position and gesture of the hand differs from image to image. The aspect ratios and dimensions of the canvases relate to the books depicted, which means that the paintings in the series slightly differ from one another not only in their motif, but also in their format.

A painting of a pair of hands putting a light green book into a book shelf

All 90 works: Untitled, 2021, acrylic on canvas, formats vary from 21 × 13 cm to 40 × 51 cm

A painting of a hand taking a light grey book from a book shelf
A painting of a black book being pushed by a finger onto a bookshelf
A painting of a hand taking a purple book from a book shelf
A painting of a hand taking a black square book from a book shelf
A painting of a person taking a black and blue book from a book shelf
A painting of a person taking a red magazine from a bookshelf
A painting of a hand taking a dark green book from a book shelf
A painting of a pair of hands taking a white book from a shelf of books
A painting of a hand taking a blue and brown book from a shelf of books

Book

Image Runner

The two-part publication 'Image Runner' was published by Hammann von Mier Verlag to accompany the eponymous presentation in the Galerie der Künstler:innen in 2020. The image part (open thread binding, 152 pages) includes 92 sheets taken from a larger body of work and created between 2017 and 2020. The accompanying brochure (stapled, 16 pages) contains the text 'Man in office making copies using photocopier' by curator Juliane Bischoff and a list with details about the production of each sheet. Both parts are printed in 4/4c offset and measure 24 × 32 cm each. The text part was designed by artist and graphic designer Jan Erbelding. The production of the publication was supported by the LfA Förderbank and the Free State of Bavaria.

A stack of four identical books on a dark grey background
Two parts of the same publication unpacked from plastic laying next to each other on a dark grey background
An open book showing a blank page on the left and a drawing of a man misusing a printer on light green paper on the right
An open book showing black and white papers on the left and fragments of a watercolour of a man inspecting a blank sheet of paper
An open book showing solhouettes of hands on a black background a a photocopied sheet of paper
An open book showing blank sheets of white and light green paper
An open brochure with a long text entitled 'Man in office making copies using photocopier' by Juliane Bischoff
A detail of the spines of the book with a green yarn

006

Grid Comforts

The images in 'Grid Comforts' each show a bird's eye view of a figure and a laptop, which I place on the grid of a patterned bedspread. The screens are blank or show an aerial view of the Californian island of Catalina, a pre-installed background image of the Apple operating system macOs. While the protagonist remains the same, both the lighting mood and the pattern of the bedspread change from picture to picture. This results in a number of different versions of the same motif.

A large blue painting of a man laying in bed seen from above staring at the empty white screen of a laptop

Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 160 cm

A large blue painting of a man laying in bed seen from above staring at the empty white screen of a laptop

Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 160 cm

A large blue painting of a man laying in bed seen from above staring at the empty white screen of a laptop

Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 160 cm

a large painting hanging on a wall showing a man laying on a bed seen from above staring at a blank screen

Untitled, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 200 x 160 cm

a large painting hanging on a wall showing a man laying on a bed seen from above staring at a screen with an island displayed on it

Untitled, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 200 × 160 cm

a large painting hanging on a wall showing a man laying on a bed seen from above staring at a screen

Untitled, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 190 × 160 cm

005

Copy Machine

A painting of a man standing at a copy machine in a library

Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 240 × 180 cm

A painting of a man standing at a copy machine at a library at night

Untitled, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 240 × 200 cm

004

Key Operators

The series 'Key Operators' focuses on the examination of immaterial work and the material handling of paper, which serves as a carrier of information, ideas and modes of representation. The watercolours and prints are based on stock images, generic material from image databases produced and used for illustrative purposes in advertising and the press. They depict people, primarily men, in office situations. By handling paper, computers and printers, they suggest cognitive but repetitive work. The devices are part of the image as watercolour depictions of the concrete technical machines as well as the result of their use. The pictorial space is additionally expanded by to scale prints of hands and their silhouettes, implying work taking place in the background. Certain works consist of watercolour on paper, others have additional inkjet-printed sections.

A watercolour painting on paper of a man in a blue jumper and kakis wearing a blue cap attending to a large photocopy machine

All 18 works: Untitled, 2018/2019, watercolour and inkjet-print on paper, 32 × 24 cm

A watercolour of a man at a desk looking at a number of blank sheets of paper
Two men conversing in an office like setting holding empty sheets of paper
A watercolour of a man in a checkered shirt looking at an empty sheet of paper
A watercolour of two nearly identical men in checkered shirts looking at an empty sheets of paper
A watercolour of a woman in a black suit handling blank sheets of paper
A watercolour of a man in a suit cut in half by a drawing of the same man in teh lower half of the image
A watercolour of a man in a blue shirt organising blank sheets of paper with a large hand coming in from the top of the image
A watercolour of a man in a dark blue shirt at a large format printer with a large hand coming in from the top of the image
A fragmented watercoloured and printed painting of a man in a checkered shirt looking at an empty sheet of paper

Book

How To

'How To' combines various found assembly instructions and my own drawings to create a unique publication. It focuses on the stripped-down beauty of functional drawings and their ability to establish a direct connection with the viewer. The informational aesthetics are progressively called into question by their repetition, distortion and exaggerated juxtapositions. The drawings in the publication have an instructional quality, yet they remain a call to action without a clear referent. The laserprinted booklet is presented in a sober brochure box attached to the wall and is free to take away for exhibition visitors. It measures 15 × 21 cm.

A booklet lying on a grey surface
An open zine with drawings
An open zine with drawings
An open zine with drawings
The backside of a booklet

003

Alternatives

The series 'Alternatives' depicts a person with rake in four similar paintings. All four motifs relate to four nearly identical photographs previously created for this purpose. The painterly translation of the motifs results in an added layer of difference between the images.

A painting of a man in a grey puffer jacket holding a rake standing on a leaf covered meadow

All 4 works: Untitled, 2019, acrylic on MDF, 40 × 30 cm

A painting of a man in a grey puffer jacket holding a rake standing on a leaf covered meadow
A painting of a man in a grey puffer jacket holding a rake standing on a leaf covered meadow
A painting of a man in a grey puffer jacket holding a rake standing on a leaf covered meadow

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Background

The work 'Background' consists of 27 manual reproductions based on a found advertising photograph. The advertised object is omitted in favour of the background. Over 27 days, 27 variations of the same motif were created in the studio through the repeated attempt to establish a relationship of similarity between the photographic template and the painted image. The imprecision of the painterly process results in a multitude of images that are similar but never exactly alike.

A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner

All 27 works: Untitled, 2017/2018, watercolor on paper, 42 × 29.7 cm

A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner
A water colour painting on paper of a grove of eucalyptus trees, with a group in the foreground and one in the back and light falling through the leafy canopy from the upper right corner

001

Set #1

Sixteen works on paper that are presented as a set. In addition to landscapes, plant still lifes and figures, the images show motifs that are only remotely reminiscent of a specific object. In some cases the watercolors and ink drawings are overprinted with an inkjet printer, so that original and reproduction can no longer be separated.

an abstract image of textures and shapes

Untitled, 2017, ink and laser print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a watercolour of a sunset

Untitled, 2017, watercolour on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a drawing of tress reflecting in water, with abstract dark holes on top

Untitled, 2017, ink, acrylic and laser print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

Indian ink drawing on paper, black and white, unrepresentational

Untitled, 2017, ink and laser print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a line drawing of a face

Untitled, 2017, oil on paper, 26 × 18 cm

an abstract image of textures and swirls

Untitled, 2017, ink and laser print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

hardly visible palm tree motives covered with weird shapes

Untitled, 2017, watercolour and inkjet print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a watercolour of a cactus detail

Untitled, 2017, watercolour on paper, 26 × 18 cm

an image of shark jaws souvenirs, very dark

Untitled, 2017, watercolour and inkjet print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a cactus on a table with weird smoke-like structures on top

Untitled, 2017, ink, acrylic and laser print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a blurry watercolour and print of an exotic island location

Untitled, 2017, watercolour and inkjet print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a blurry watercolour and print of an exotic island location

Untitled, 2017, watercolour and inkjet print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

oil portrait of a man with a quizzical look

Untitled, 2017, oil on paper, 26 × 18 cm

a blurry watercolour and print of an romantic sunset over pine trees

Untitled, 2017, watercolour and inkjet print on paper, 29 × 21 cm

a hardly visible painting of palmtrees and a shore line made with oil on paper

Untitled, 2017, linseed oil on paper, 29 × 21 cm

an unfinished drawing of a family

Untitled, 2017, graphite, resin, acrylic and inkjet print on paper, 29 × 21 cm