suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
albrecht von ALVENSLEBEN: Albrecht von Alvensleben designs highly abstracted pictorial compositions, in which he combines objects of daily life in an unique mixture of perspective, light and sharpness, in order to transform them into surreal formations. Old doors and glasses from his grandmother’s house frequently serve as pictorial objects, which he highlights with a car’s backlight to photograph them. Without any digital manipulation richly coloured shapes are created and depending on the light reflexion, they produce multicoloured oscillating and metallic glowing surfaces.
The body’s cubist splitting into coloured areas reminds of the German-American painter Lyonel Feininger and his prismatic style, whose abstraction of churches and urban landscapes arised out of the motive’s adaption into a crystalline geometrical construction. And also the in several facets subdivided paintings and sculptures of the futuristic artist Umberto Boccioni can be reduced to a common denominator with Alvensleben’s colour photos. The photos’ surfaces demonstrate a peculiar feel, which ranges between glass and metal and wants to be both concrete for the observer and concrete in regards to the content. However the surreal play of colours and forms are that highly abstracted, that a decipherment is nearly impossible – the old objects of daily use aren’t recognisable anymore.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
avA: Lyonel Feininger and Umberto Boccioni.
What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
avA: The Discovery of Slowness by Sten Nadolny, Blow Up by Antonioni, Javelin and Rory Grubb.
Whose work is currently on your radar?
avA: Olafur Eliasson, studioMDA, Sauerbruch Hutton, ZweiDrei, Young & Ayata.
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