[TISEA 1992] Artist Statement: Markus Riebe – Zelle-1, Zelle-2 and Zelle-3

Artist Statement

I have been engaged in computer-aided art since 1985. First I created thermal-transfer handprints in small sizes (around 70 x 100 cm). Searching for an efficient method to create larger picture-sizes without having to reproduce them photographically, I began to utilise the facilities of a computer controlled airbrush. After a friend of mine in Great Britain installed such a machine for commercial applications and after some tests I decided to use it for my own artificial works.

In my pictures I design models of technical and biological territories. In varying the matrix of the screen within the medium itself, I reflect the circulation of the digital images until the pictures become stabilised in their analogue print-outs.
Scanned fragments of reality (which seem quite calculated), expressive traces of paint (computed electronically), and simulations of light and shadow melt into an unsolvable unity. These elements lapse into the surface of the picture without any intermediate medium. To me, these canvases provide a place to experiment with the truth of visual statements.

Work in exhibition: Zeile-1, 170 x 190cm, 1992 Zelle-2, 170 x 180cm, 1992 ZeIJe-3, 170 x 180cm, 1992

Markus Riebe, Austria