In search of the image's soul
Foundation in 2001, no location
Artists Anonymous, alias AA, do not reveal their names, neither they want to be associated with nationalities. At exhibition opening they show up in disguise or incognito, a conscious decision against the star cult of an individual - Art obtains priority.
An elaborate art theoretical, -philosophical and socio-historical knowledge builds the foundation of the group's work. By the intensive study of the old and new masters such as Rembrandt or Gerhard Richter they seek insight to what lies under the surface in dependence and regularity, for example of image and reality.
Relentlessly in search of the new, AA derive the contrary, the different, the invisible and the reverse as a possible origin. The subjects of their pieces are inspired by pop culture. They are cluttered, colourful and appear poetic, provocative and melancholic at the same time.
Formally the group prefers the principle of the diptych, yet deployed in a rather unconventional manner. AA complement a negatively painted subject with its "after image", a positively converted photography. The two competitive media photography and painting are placed in immediate proximity and are finally appointed equal partners.
AA also take the method of reversion into the third dimension. Their complex installations are to be understood as negatives of sculptures. Instead of walking around a sculptural piece of art the viewer enters it.
With their sophisticated and innovative complementary portrayal the group calls attention to a natural process of our perception: Our brain automatically generates immaterial negatives of everything we see. Yet surprisingly the negative we mainly know from photography has not been given art's full attention; with few exceptions such as Jasper Johns' "Flag 1969" or Richard Hamilton's series "White Christmas".
With their complex strategies AA create alternative, higher realities. They are not satisfied with the immediate view of the visual. They expand one's consciousness and let the viewer plunge into a new, transcendental version of the here and now. - A modern homage of Plato's allegory of the cave, searching the soul of the image.