Knut Wolfgang maron
Dakota-Bar, Barns and rotten cars - Knut Wolfgang Maron
For the first time, the pioneer of German contemporary colour photography, Knut Wolfgang Maron, shows a sample of his sweeping new American series. The aesthetic he develops examines the Vanitas of the American dream, its faded relics shining only in decay. In this scenario variation of Brave New World, the American dream becomes a nicely coloured nightmare.
"The extraordinariness of Knut Maron's universe does not lie in astonishing forms or new themes. Its profound distinctiveness is not the consequence of breaking through hitherto accepted boundaries of art. Instead it results from a meditative reversion to art itself, from transcending its timeless truths. Knut Maron doesn't shock us, he just sees things differently. His art doesn't participate in modern civilisation's innate urge to advanc...
Fototagetrier 2010: LEBEN elementarConceptual background:
The non-profit organisation Kulturverein Bild und Kunst eV Trier is proud to announce that the first edition of the fototagetrier, the Trier Photo Days, will be held in 2010. The festival, which was conceived as a triennial event, will invest various museums and exhibition spaces in the city of Trier. Entitled “LEBEN elementar”, the first edition intends to survey a wide range of contemporary artistic practices based on photography or video and dealing with notions of contemporaneousness and existentiality.
The concept of the exhibition follows the observation that the gaps in our seemingly banal everyday – a seamless succession of events from birth and growing up to ageing and dying, interspersed with experiences of love and loss, joy and sadness, happiness and dismay, poverty ...
Knut Wolfgang Maron - early Bilder über Landschaften 1979-1984"The extraordinariness of Knut Maron's universe does not lie in astonishing forms or new themes. Its profound distinctiveness is not the consequence of breaking through hitherto accepted boundaries of art. Instead it results from a meditative reversion to art itself, from transcending its timeless truths. Knut Maron doesn't shock us, he just sees things differently. His art doesn't participate in modern civilisation's innate urge to advance with technological breakthroughs and revolutionary ambitions. And that's exactly how it evades a last restraint, the desire to serve or adhere to the development of the society around us. By bringing the prerequisites of his medium in accordance with the command of a newly created universe, he avoids the need to gloss over or to prove anything. And that's how he creates his astou...
Refusal of Reality Subjective Positions In Contemporary PhotographyWithin this exhibition series and the corresponding catalogue nine photographers develop a contemporary discourse about their media. Since 2005 several group exhibitions and linked solo shows throughout germany and abroad refer to a dynamic and vivid photography art scene.
The project creates a bridge from the beginnings of radical positions in the context of european contemporary art in the 1920s, via the attitudes of the issue of "subjective photography" in the 1950s, to today.
This ensuing discussion is part of the current european discourse surrounding the photographic medium - it opposes the documentary and realistic representation with a more metaphorical, visionary, poetic and subjective approach to contemporary photography.
Located in close relation to the basic idea of "subjective photogr...