Selected works by Markus Amm

Markus Amm
Untitled

1999

Photogram on fiber based paper

24 x 18 cm

In his Untitled series, Markus Amm revives the technique of the photogram. Pioneered as an art form by Man Ray and Moholy Nagy (the latter of which coined the term "photogram"), the process utilises rudimentary photograph principles: objects are placed on a photosensitive surface, and briefly exposed to light to create an abstracted "x-ray" image, an inverted shadow outline of suggestive form.

Markus Amm
Untitled

1999

Photogram on fiber based paper

24 x 18 cm

Adopting this approach a means to literally draw with light, Amm engages with modernist history and contemporary conceptions of space and technology. Presented in small format, Amm’s compositions are compacted micro architectures, his converging luminous geometries give the illusion of space age structures.

Markus Amm
Untitled

1999

Photogram on fiber based paper

24 x 18 cm

Amm’s angular patterns are also reminiscent of abstract and cubist paintings. Devoid of colour and mechanically produced, Amm’s photos combine the optimism of the avant-garde with an impersonal futuristic aesthetic.

Markus Amm
Untitled

1999

Photogram on fiber based paper

24 x 18 cm
Markus Amm
Untitled

2002

Adhesive tape, enamel, edding, pencil on plywood

155 x 125 cm

Markus Amm’s drawings confront the same issues of illusion and space as are seen in his photograms. Rather than constructing three dimensional semblances through the physical absence of light, Amm’s sketches create the sensation of optical depth by using the additive process of collage.

Markus Amm
Untitled

2002

Adhesive tape, enamel, edding, pencil on plywood

155 x 125 cm

Conveying both precision draughtsmanship and the spontaneity of free-form mark making, Amm layers his surfaces with tape, enamel, and photographs, and draws over them with pencil and coloured pen; a process resulting in a tension between his illustrated forms and the physical textures of his materials. Executed on wood, his geometric patterns are given a base of solidity that’s incongruous with their ephemeral perspective.

Markus Amm
Untitled

2001

Adhesive tape, enamel, edding, pencil on plywood

155 x 125 cm
Markus Amm
Untitled

2006

Oil on canvas board

42 x 29.7cm
Markus Amm
Untitled (diptych)

2007

Household paint on paper on canvas

180 x 135 cm each
Markus Amm
Untitled #11

2008

Household paint on paper and oil on canvas

202 x 151 cm

Articles

FINDING NEVERLAND FEATURING MARKUS AMM


Patricia Low Contemporary is delighted to present a group of five emerging young German artists in a show named Finding Neverland. It features Markus Amm, Hansjrg Dobliar, Oliver Voss, Nicole Wermers and Claudia Wieser, most of them are showing in Switzerland for the first time. Finding Neverland is organized by German guest curator, Juliane von Herz, who lives in Frankfurt.

The exhibition includes large-format paintings, installations, drawings, collages and sculpture many of which are new productions for the show.

The title Finding Neverland is borrowed from the famous dreamland story of Peter Pan, but is not to be mistaken as a theme for a neo-romantic show. On the contrary, Neverland in the context of this group show stands for the search of the unlimited space behind or around the object, for the constant exploration of Geometric Abstraction and excursions (or Peter Pan-like flight back) into Constructivism, Op Art and Minimalism.

Each of the participating artists has a different approach to how to depict an abstract three-dimensional space. Although the works of for example Hansjrg Dobliar and Nicole Wermers reveal a similar fascination for conceptual gestures that bring back to our minds the brittleness of constructivist vocabulary, they introduce slightly mystical-looking shapes and fields that generate a pleasant imagery with hypnotic impact on the viewer.

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Source: patricialow.com