Tine Benz "Megopolis", acrylic, metallpigments on canvas, 160 x 300 cm, 2007
Tine Benz (born 1969, Neuss) presents new large-format paintings and a collaged paper and tape room installation in her third solo show at the Jette Rudolph Gallery.
The title 'Autopilot' suggests the link, typical in Tine Benz' work, between the virtual and the real within various aspects of life. The artist pieces together geometric architectural quotations to form deserted urban settings which seem to explode with depth. The strong vanishing points and one-point perspective are themselves no more real than the computer generated airplanes and military objects which they support. However, Benz derails the idea that the environments she depicts exist in a parallel world generated from the autonomous process of painting. Instead, as is the case with autopilot, she remains the final decision maker.
The complexity of Benz's work is displayed in her multi layered painting technique as well as in the mixed materials, particularly the metallic pigments, she utilizes. The reflective metallics create a mirror of a universal metropolis, fixing the image of the viewer within the virtual city. The viewer becomes a part of this city, wandering up and down the rows of marking tape with the painted city as a backdrop. Christoph Tannert describes her work in New German Painting: "Tine Benz transforms metropolitan research on a fictitious cyber Berlin-New York into enormous paper collages, spiced up with glittering pavement marking tape and otherworldly constructivism." (Remix, Munich, London, NY 2006, S.29.)
Tine Benz relates the experiences of a traveler within the anonymity of large cities. Within her paintings identity, culture, and subculture are transformed into a orderly, timeless, superordinate perspective of space. Often the viewer believes to have spotted specific buildings within the abstractions and collages, and fills in the missing details from memory. Despite the soberness of Tine Benz' work, an individual experience is always possible.
TINE BENZ 1969 geboren in Neuss, 1993- 2000 Studium der Bildenden Künste an der HdK Berlin bei Prof. Georg Baselitz, 1997 Stipendium, Chelsea College of Art, London, 2000 Ernennung zur Meisterschülerin, 2002 DAAD-Stipendium, Rotterdam
Exhibitions: 2007 Benz, Pagenkemper, Sendlinger, MAC Istanbul (Kat.); rewind<<>>fast-forward, Kunsthaus Freiburg, Kuration: Silke Bitzer (G); 2006 Blank Walls Are Criminal, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin (S); Urban Spaces, DinA4Projekte München, Kuration: Dr.Patricia Drück/ Max Planck Gesellschaft (G); From Here To Galaxy I, Art-in-Architecture, Bayer- Werke Leverkusen (G); Meltem of Istanbul, Tine Benz mit F.Feldmann, J.Meese, L.A.Pagenkemper, J.Wohnseifer, Museum Elgiz Istanbul, Kuration: Dr.Necmi Sönmez (G) (Kat.); 2005 Dortmunder Kunstverein (S) (Kat.); Artforum, Berlin (S); 2004 „Panic Room", Schloß Ringenberg, Düsseldorf (S); 2004 „Neue Werkstrategien #2", Museum Folkwang, Essen (G); GASAG, Kunst-am-Bau (G)