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Markus Weiss

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My paintings are snapshots in oil of a digitally developed, invented world. A special rendering-program on the computer allows building up this world, carefully constructing its motives and landscapes. And yet this world has to be imagined as an artificial construction, which now and then gets enough light to enable an insight look. The subjects put into focus are captured and form the essence of an individual painting.
It is important to me that the painting style reflects the content. What is pure appearance in the picture - a sole play of light at the border between abstraction and figuration - is a delicate glaze without visible brush stroke in the painting, as if colour would only be a hint, a fine speck of dust. Aesthetically, the painting is oriented towards the aesthetics of digital printing procedures only distinct from it at second glance. The motives of the paintings are strange appearances. It seems as if they would hover in the room, without gravity and devoid of any purpose. They are images we don’t know, we’ve never seen before and yet they seem familiar.The apparent drawing-board romantic of these large-scale paintings slurps up the viewer only to spit him out again the next second. At best, attraction and repulsion are even. The paintings depict a frail balance: the world being there where we are not.
Markus Weiss, born 1963 in Zurich, lives in Zurich. Selected exhibitions - - Paintings, Staub Gallery, Zurich (solo).- Daniel Schibli, Markus Weiss, Kunstraum Kreuzlingen (solo).- Brillanz, brillant, Espace d’art contemporain, Porrentruy.- Werk-und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zurich.- wild card, Kunstpanorama Luzern.- paint, Gallery Bob van Orsouw, Zurich.- Ich weiss, was du diesen Sommer gemalt hast, Kunstpanorama Luzern.- Urs Hartmann, Lori Hersberger, Markus Weiss, Anker, Zurich.- Swiss Federal Art Award, Basel.- out of place, Staub Gallery, Zurich.- urban diaries, Alcala, Madrid.
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