22. Jan. 2014 – 10. Apr. 2014

Michael Reisch

Landscape 10/005, 2011, Digital C-Print, 180 x 246 cm

Michael Reisch (born 1964 in Aachen) has gained international recognition through his landscape photography, which on the one hand strikes through its uncompromising and straight composition, and on the other hand irritates the viewer’s perception through enigmatic void and coolness.

In his first solo exhibition at SCHEUBLEIN + BAK the artist focuses on his latest development into abstract photography and presents works from 2012/2013.

Through digital editing Michael Reisch’s landscapes appear geometrically lean and purified. No coincidental or individual traces are left in his pictures. Even pure nature appears to be manipulated and stiff. Through digital technology, a hole in a cliff is modelled into a plane white surface and a mountain peak becomes a triangular form. At the same time Reisch increases the physical presence of his works: the geological formation of a mountain turns into a wall. In his latest two work series the represented object is entirely missing. Technically speaking he still uses the medium of photography, but with regard to the content the works correlate with concrete and minimal art. The presentation of the photographs is gaining the characteristics of an installation but when interacting with space they become quite physical.

Folded forms series 14/ is a logical sequel: each work begins with a purely two-dimensional plane as the picture space, which is then provided with a scale of grey shades from white to black that cause the two-dimensionality of the picture plane to fold either inwards or outwards. With the aid of the computer, the two-dimensional surface can be folded to create the illusion of space and hence three-dimensional form.

It is a deep scepticism against the claim of objectivity of photography, which leads Reisch to show how the real world can be formed and manipulated through digital editing. The artist demonstrates how photographic generated images are constructed and thus as structures influence our notion of reality. Reisch breaks the cultural rules of technically constructed images to illustrate that its given neutrality is actually fiction. Images serve expectations and at the same time create them.

Michael Reisch lives and works in Dusseldorf and has studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1991) as a student of professor Bernd Becher. He was honoured a large museum exhibition in autumn 2013 at Museum Kurhaus Kleve. His works are in major public and private collections including LACMA Los Angeles, EON AG Düsseldorf, UBS Art Collection and National Galleries Edinburgh.