The exhibition bits and pieces at dr. julius | ap brings together Wolfgang Berndt's generative graphics with Burchard Vossmann's objects and collages. The works shown here stand in stark contrast to each other in terms of creative process: while Berndt's parametric structures and modulations, produced using software developed by the artist himself, are created digitally, Vossmann's process is thoroughly analog-his works are serial arrangements of varied, carefully chosen materials from his vast collection of objects from daily life, or mechanically shredded pieces of printed matter.
There are nonethless relationships and proximities between the two artistic attitudes and methods-particularly in the systematic-structural processes and the ways both artists reference and update conceptual and minimalist approaches.
Wolfgang Berndt came to develop his own software for algorithmic image generation by way of mathematic and technical training, software development, graphic design, and preprint. Hans-Christian von Herrmann, Professor at TU Berlin with a research focus on history of media and science of the arts, writes on his work: "By removing the actual handicraft aspect from the creative process, the resulting artwork is subsequently pure applied mathematics. Thus an absence of a depiction of an object or objects in such a piece does not make it abstract but rather concrete in the sense that it is a pure construction, and therefore much more closely related to simulation than illusion. The viewer can still become immersed in such works by means of an investigative eye that tracks how surfaces are structured and compartmentalised or how they appear in an architectural sense within the work. When generative art is not depictive, this is not by virtue of the fact that it complies with certain prohibitive principles; but rather because the picture itself has become the object, requiring the viewer to track its compositional principles. [...] As such, Wolfgang Berndt's works are therefore always artistic fabrications. At the same time, in their role as material objects they reveal something by providing insights into the interplay between the complex algorithmic processes from which they emerged." 1
Wolfgang Berndt has been exhibiting at dr. julius | ap regularly since 2008, and has also been represented at the gallery's art fair appearances in Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, and Basel.
Burchard Vossmann's "art, on the other hand, begins by taking an exacting and trained look at just those day-to-day objects that we most tend to overlook: bus tickets, matchbooks, packs of cigarettes and disposable lighters, candy wrappers, packaging of all kinds, trading cards, cleaning rags, etc. Vossmann examines these objects for their creative qualities. [...] Vossmann is constantly collecting a variety of banal materials, which he orders, systematizes, and categorizes in order to use them later in various groups of work. To do so he employs various artistic techniques and methods, including sequencing, collage, accumulation, and serial mounting to create material images which are mostly two-dimensional and often square. [...] Systematically organized, seemingly identical individual elements are placed next to each other, which ultimately illuminates their subtle differences. These works, which consist of rows of small items from daily life, rely on established concepts of Minimal Art, while also updating and extending these concepts for a contemporary context." 2
Vossmann has been involved with dr. julius | ap since his participation in the international group show FutureShock OneTwo in 2012. bits and pieces will mark the first time he has shown a larger collection of his work at the gallery.
1 Hans-Christian von Herrmann: Generative Computergrafik. In: Wolfgang Berndt. Verfahren. Berlin [edition ROTE INSEL], 2012
2 Matthias Seidel: Serielles Montieren. In: Burchard Vossmann. Arbeiten 2002 - 2012. Berlin [edition ROTE INSEL], 2013. New release on the occassion of bits and pieces.