THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD
TALKING TOOL BLUE
CLAY ART FOTOGRAPHY
The "Talking Tools" are communication toolboxes. Several vowels and consonants can be recognized in each element. If you swap one element for another, you can use it to create any text. Our voice is like a miracle that offers us a variety of communication. You can use it to sing and scream and whisper and speak very different languages. It can function as a powerful weapon and tool of oppression as well as an instrument of kindness and peace. This interchangeability is to be symbolized by the striking representation, which is reminiscent of a precious butterfly collection.
Background for this art work is a classic technique of frame by frame animation with so-called replacement mouth shapes. Depicted as a picture sequence, the illusion of movement arises in our consciousness. It is an optical illusion, but our brain gives us the information of a fluid lip movement.
THE WHISPERING VOICE OF MY GLORIOUS DICTATOR
CLAY ART FOTOGRAPHY
This clay illustration is part of a series in which I deal with mass psychology and the influence of propaganda on the unconscious mind.
Propaganda should succeed in creating fantasies, images and opinions and circulating them in order to build up a collective consciousness and keep it under control. The rule is to fall to a charismatic, God-like leader who can tame and guide the masses. External opinion formation should arise through constant repetition, it is an implantation of imaginations in the subconscious that can work on all channels, e.g. through voice, texts and images, which further intensify the effect. Based on well-known examples of self-glorifying, propagandistic representations, I have designed this picture. In an abstract form, it deals with the strategic conquest of power through the specific use of language, texts and words and is once again intended to visualize voice and language as the tool for power. Symbolically, “The Word” is spread through the spores of the poisonous, parasitic mushrooms that grow in the magically absurd iconographic representation.
CLAY PAINTIN / PICTURE SERIES
In my artistic work I deal with the interface between consciousness and subconscious. Our subconscious is like a main center of all information and memories, which strongly influence us and, on the basis of past experiences, also contribute to the formation of opinions and to many of our behavioral patterns. However, we cannot control what takes place subconsciously.
Opposed to this is our consciousness, reason and logical thinking. I imagine the subconscious as an infinite, empty, echoing space with many small places or corners like this one. They are places of remembrance that are far away from each other but in some way also connected, perhaps through an endless pipe system. There is no logic here, no up and down, it is a surreal space describing a certain mood.
Perhaps you can think of this place as an infinite house with many rooms. Some rooms are small and winding, others are huge halls with high ceilings. You end up there when you ponder something - looking for a memory, or solving complex problems. From there, the inner voice speaks when we need it most, but it also babbles when we just don't need it.
THE FRIENDLY VOICE FROM THE CORNER SOMEWHERE IN MY SUBCONSCIOUS MIND
THE LITTLE YELLOW CHAMBER AT THE END OF THE CORRIDOR
The Super Labs are large sized, colored ink graphics. They are part of an ongoing series of pictures in format 100 x 115 and 100 x 140.
Some of these works are currently part of the outdoor exhibition "UNLOCKED" of the ILLU KOLLEKTIVS GRAZ as well as the traveling exhibition "Illustrierte Blickwinkel aus der Zwischenzeit".