November 22 – 24, 2016, 10 am – 1 pm

Many thanks to the artist Doris Marten for her seminar “Individuality in abstract systems” and discussing the works of our participants.

“Since the 1980s, a new generation of artists has employed the classic formal vocabulary of Constructivism, American Minimalism and Op Art. New paths have been pursued through the combination with such diverse media as design, computer generated procedures, video, film and architecture. The reason behind this development lies in the special ability of geometrical forms to transport aspects of the technoid as well as the ideal in equal measure and thus adapt themselves to the altered perceptional world of industrialised societies.

Such clear and precise structures like stripes or grids have an extraordinary pictorial effect as regards their aesthetic dimensions as well as their signalling power. Without any reference to realitiy they are about colours, forms and space, about movement and light. Operative means are systems and series, grids an modules.The concern is with the interplay between order/balance/proportions on the one hand and disorder/instability/disturbance … even: decomposition/deviation/chance on the other. Paradoxically, the anonymity of the method leads to the individuality of an unmistakable style.

Based on the works of major artists such as Frank Stella, Agnes Martin and Bridget Riley, we will try different painting techniques and examine their specific image effects. The aim is to express individual artistic intentions by using specific methods of image production.” (Doris Marten)

More information on the Doris Marten Website.