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

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information on Markus Amm

artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Markus Amm

patricialow.com
Finding Neverland featuring Markus Amm
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

heraldst.com
A variety of images by Markus Amm

thebreedersystem.com
The Breeder is pleased to present the new body of work by London based, German artist Markus Amm.

Perhaps it is advisable not to enter the struggle of clearly distinguishing between the various genres, historical ideas, styles and techniques, at least not when it comes to considering the works of Markus Amm. The relationship to early 20th century Modernist movements is all too obvious.

starship-magazine.org
Alternative fotogramme works by Markus Amm