Joachim Schulz | Blumenstilleben: Flower Still Lifes
The series on view: Blumenstilleben—or, flower still lifes—uses photography to dissolve and rearrange the visual information within a painting. Schulz makes a copy of a 300-year-old Dutch still life and prints the image with a modern inkjet printer.
Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present unique photographs by German artist Joachim Schulz. The exhibition marks the artist’s first with the gallery.
Joachim Schulz adventures in the cosmos of photography. Prior bodies of work experiment with the camera and print as self-reflexive materials. Through celebrating the mysteries and aberrations within photographic methodologies, Schulz liquifies and foregrounds the transitive relationship between object and image.
The series on view: Blumenstilleben—or, flower still lifes—uses photography to dissolve and rearrange the visual information within a painting. Schulz makes a copy of a 300-year-old Dutch still life (via a scan, download or direct photograph) and prints the image with a modern inkjet printer. However, the artist purposefully malfunctions the printer nozzles and haywires the settings, causing a flood of ink to abstract the forms. The CMYK colors swirl on paper ill-suited for inkjet prints, preventing the ink from drying until Schulz decides to stop and fix the composition using a technique he developed based on traditional darkroom practices. The pools of ink mingle like oil on canvas; disguising photography as the intermediary between two painterly works. The printing process is repeated nine times per image; exploring the possible expressions and anomalies of a singular mechanical system.
Joachim Schulz was born in 1969 and holds a degree in art from The Art Academy of Münster. Group exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster, Germany; Stadtmuseum Münster, Germany; and Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey. His work is in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC and Provinzial Kunstsammlung, Kiel, Germany.
The artist lives and works in Berlin.
For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at (310) 559-5700 or by email at [email protected].