Out of Order
How the Cologne artist R.J.Kirsch uses the technical failure as a source of inspiration.
The examination of the immaterial image was already one of the Focal points in Rolf Kirsch‘s artistic exploration. From a series of experimental work, partly also within the framework of the co-founded artist group EXPIMAT, concepts have repeatedly emerged that deal with the relationship between traditional and technically conditioned image media. In the work NACHTSCHATTEN, which Kirsch has consistently developed over the past few years, the painter takes his critical discourse beyond pure painting: from the thematization of the folding as such, the transformation of the image carrier into space follows in several steps. Here Kirsch uses folding as the principle of moving from the surface into the third dimension from the illusionistic image to sculpture. The projection as imaging process, first implemented by the use of spray mist, fixes previously folded image carriers in an alternation of light and shadow areas in Analogy to his Convolutionary Paintings.
30 x 30 x 30 cm
versch. Materialien, Heißkleber, 2014
Pressed flat again, the traces of the Fogging creates a three-dimensional image of the original deformation. In subsequent relief-like works, the folding as such remains, is therefore no longer flattened, but emphasizes the plastic character of the deformation.Both the step into the third dimension and the use of projection as Both the step into the third dimension and the use of projection as working principle then finds a continuation in the further development of his approach in the production of assemblage-like sculptures, which the artist himself calls „Props“. These objects, assembled from all kinds of found objects with hot glue, are the final consequence in the dissolution of the purely illusionistic image towards a material-oriented, space-oriented working method. At the same time, Kirsch realizes here, with the use and montage of fragmented technology, his approach of using technical faults, the fragmentation of technical equipment as the starting point for his artistic work.
The fundamental examination of technology as such is, in addition to the discussion of materiality of images, the focus is primarily on the topic of disruption of technical processes. Disturbance as an inherent moment in every technology, which almost inevitably has an effect sooner or later, but also as a moment of artistic approach, to explore technique at the limits of their own to expose functionality.
RHYTHM OF STATISTIC
25 x 35 cm
Oil on wood
PASSAGEN Köln / Haus am Maarweg, 2020
250 x 500 cm
versch. Materialien, LED