Akademie der Bildenden Künste München
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Stefan SAALFELD: The abstract series are a mix and assemblage of very different “materials” and can be read as abstract spheres and spaces. Some of these elements are very new and fast (like the plain color stripes), others have a long history of being worked over and over again. Most work is done with digital tools, but I also use hand-painted forms as stencils. I’m interested in a complexity and a variety of elements and different textures that are mostly well known in abstract art, but I give them a kind of weird and even rotten twist. . . . It’s a kind of recycling process, taking some leftovers and bringing them back to life.
I’m also inspired by the processes of transformation in nature: the constant change of forms and states. Nature is always present, it is always NOW.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SS: When I started this series I was fascinated by old masters like Dieric Bouts and Konrad Witz. Their use of color creates such a sublime atmosphere and a deepness of space. These pictures from the 15th century look quite surrealistic in my eyes and I try to get something from this spirit in my work. I intend to have strong visual energies in my pictures, but I want them to be in a kind of balance, in a state of uncertainty.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SS: Last month: reading Richard Ford’s Canada, listening to Julian & Daniel Wasserfuhr’s Gravity, watching Boardwalk Empire.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SS: Ronald de Bloeme, Ganna Commito, Thorben Giehler, Katharina Grosse, Wade Guyton, Markus Linnenbrink, Tobias Rehberger, Thomas Scheibitz (A-Z).
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