BORN 1968, OFFENBACH, GERMANY
1994: BFA IN PAINTING; COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA, USA
1997: MFA IN PAINTING; ART DEPARTMENT, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, USA
STUDIED WITH PAINTERS JEFFREY FREEMAN, RICHARD LONG, RICHARD REESE & DANIEL RAMIREZ
2006: RECIPIENT OF THE ERNST-VON-SIEMENS COMPOSITION AWARD
VISUAL WORKS HAVE BEEN SHOWN IN GERMANY & USA
2010: FIRST MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION, GALERIE HÜBNER & HÜBNER, HALLE AM WASSER, HAMBURGER BHF, BERLIN
2010: WORLD PREMIERE OF HIS OPERA - M E T A N O I A - DANIEL BARENBOIM CONDUCTING, STATE OPERA BERLIN, TRANSMITTED LIVE BY ARTE TELEVISION ACROSS EUROPE
WORKS AS ARTIST, COMPOSER & FILM-MAKER IN BERLIN, GERMANY
Personal Artist Statement
What is the purpose of the artist in a time when everyone out there is an artist? Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube — anyone and everyone with access can express him or herself in the blink of an eye to a niche audience or even wake up one morning to a viral hit. Does this kind of expression though drive current issues that stick out or is it just consumptious regurgitation in which anything goes?
As a visual artist, I take a particular point of view. I like to surprise myself exploring current issues through discontinuity. With each new series I create using canvas, paper on wood, I want to engage in a total re-evaluation — confronting the storm of possibilities. By keeping my ego in check, I want to create works that stand alone trying to unify the un-unifiable. Even when I create chances I know I run the risk of failure. But that’s what makes it fun…that razor thin edge.
For me, post-modernism, with all the constant borrowing, mashing, sampling and appropriating, has utterly exhausted itself and stands at twilight. I don’t appropriate any content of virtual reality nor take inventory of iconographic information. I just want to embrace a new visual language that’s fresh and confront my own perceptions of today’s quickly changing Zeitgeist. I want to create experiences, not messages and I never ask whether my art is political or not because I believe all art is political. I want to surprise myself and the viewer with unpredictable puzzles and paradoxes always stretching my boundaries of creative vigor.