The paintings of Michael Biberstein speak of spaces rather than concrete landscapes. They take their source in the European tradition of landscape painting - evoking landscapes of Vernet Caspar David Friedrich, Turner or Monet as much as some oriental landscapes of various Chinese dynasties. These works are like « seeing machines », landscapes of a defined moment for an intemporal vision and a specific sensation in an infinite space, indicating the presence of an existence beyond physical space. They are as much cosmological paintings located beyond the context of space and time as the inner landscapes of our sensations and thoughts, allowing us to deal with metaphysical questions which can't be spoken of ; the absence of contours can evoke a form, the flux of colours changes continuously according to the light, either as a vibration on the surface of the canvas or an emanation coming from within the thin successive layers of acrylic just as chromatic scales would do. The atmosphere of the painting, playing either its attracting or expanding role, is positioning us in a space where the physical and temporal are greater than we are ; it is thus not surprising that the titles of the works have to do with terminologies borrowed from physics and electrodynamics such as Gliders, Attractors, Compressors, Accelerators, the Big Wide etc...
Since the origin, Michel Biberstein develops his research on space and colour in a scientific manner; his pictorial spaces have more to do with architecture than pure landscapes - especially with their large formats - allowing him to explore the perceptive and physiological effects that colour and form have on the observer. His research on colour perception and the use of light lead to these colour-spaces where the shades of colours, blended into each other, create the visual effect of a chromatic breathing thus provoking an impression on the observer. These experimentations on colour, light and form resemble James Turrell's and it is not surprising to know that the collector Donald Hess, who is presently dedicating an individual museum to Turrell in Estancia Colomé in Argentina, will also dedicate a private museum to Michael Biberstein in 2010/2011.
Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris
Cristina Guerra, Lisboa Portugal
Galeria Pedro Oliveira, Porto, Portugal
Galerie Tanit, Munich
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