until 13.10. | #2174ARTatBerlin | Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin currently shows the Exhibition DEEP SLEEP by the artist Birgit Brenner.
Birgit Brenner researches in her art the digital patterns with which we live. “I call it ‘hand poly’,” says the artist, referring to her paintings – “hand poly” as a variation on the “low poly” from the early days of 3D animation. Low poly consists of a relatively small number of polygons that are 2-dimensional shapes made of straight lines and angles. “Low poly is rather a lousy setting,” Brenner says, “A rough, quick depiction of nature.” It is a manipulation of reality, a fiction: “Art is also a fiction. A fragment of reality. Artistic reality.”
The language of virtual reality inspires Brenner’s work. Like “deep speech”, an end-to-end speech recognition network. “End-to-end” is when you play a game until the very end without going back. Or “permadeath”, a term used to refer to a situation in which a character cannot reappear after having been killed. “You die, just as in real life,” Brenner explains, “without having a chance for optimizing.”
In times of 3D art, Birgit Brenner likes to mock up of 3D scenes: a flat sculpture that nevertheless looks like a hologram and a canvas that shows digital patterns. Instead of a beautiful modeling, she tends to break down a composition, to fragment it into its constituent pieces on the canvas. “I’m not only interested in what but also in how we see”, says Brenner. The colors she uses, have a touch of the virtual, mimicking its artificial glow. Brenner calls them “squeaking colors.” “Everything outside looks grey after using virtual reality glasses for a long stretch of time,” she says. In the Galerie EIGEN + ART exhibition she has created an immersive experience in which she plays with the ambiguous character of virtual reality: Is it a sign of our subjugation by technology or an assertion of our dominance over it?
Vernissage: Thursday, 6th September 2018, 5 pm – 8 pm
Exhibition period: Thursday, 6th September – Saturday, 13th October 2018Zur Galerie EIGEN + ART
Image caption: Birgit Brenner, Deep Speech, 2018, ink on poplar plywood, acrylic, 150 x 200 cm – Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin
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