Markus Krüger Painting: fixed time

The early works of the 1980s are marked by gestural painting in accordance with the tradition of the informal art with dynamic, highly colourful and mostly large-size pictures made on canvas or paper. At the beginning of the 1990s those pictures were succeeded by tranquil tablets which have the graphic element of the triangle as their theme and try all kind of colour situations.

The works of art which form part of the work series called the Stone Ages which were created between 1995/96 and 2003 add another dimension to the composition of the picture space, which until then was a mainly expressive and conceptual one: seeking traces. A significant element – common to this series of canvas, works on paper, drawings, some hundred analog black-and-white photographs, finds and memory minutes and notes – is the observing and experiencing of nature which defines more and more the contents of the work as well as their translation into an individual pictoral language.

A phase which seamlessly follows is exclusively dedicated to the encounter with nature and has the working title Pfad/path. Pfad/path. In the years 2003 to 2006 serially arranged black-and-white photographs and an assortment of drawings where observing and analytically perceiving nature and the corresponding manifestations are of vital interest.

The most recent works beginning in 2006 can be understood as a continuation of this theme of nature phenomena which are constantly changing. The current working phase has one central subject: colour. photographs are taken as a medium in order to create images representing a movement in space — the camera and the body taking the photo moving simultaneously. The photos obtained aren’t photos in the traditional sense but “pictures taken with the camera” tracing the nature of things.

This series of works is called “Surrounded by the colours of nature” and this working title already implicates the dimensional contents of its entire developping process. This could for instance be a movement around a plant which thus is seen from several points of view in one single exposure. These works of art are characterised by a focus on dialogues between forms and most of all colours. The results thus obtained are always a document of human movement, relating to the permanent changes in nature and aiming at perceiving both as an entity.

The colour intensities and the colour contrasts come into being through light influencing and interacting with space (taking object) as well as colours superimposing each other during the development process. Despite digital photograph technique, there is absolutely no technical computer manipulation or modification, e.g. composite pictures, to the pictures. All editing parameters e.g. contrast control, brightness and saturation are in accordance with the alterations normally carried out during photo laboratory work for analog photograph.

Those “open” colour spaces have a self-acting effect as well as acting out of the development process because they base on a concept and a plan. When looking at them one feels like diving into colour and being entirely surrounded by it. M.K.