Selected works by Markus Selg

Markus Selg
Vorahnung (Premonition)

2010

Piezo print on paper

37 x 49.5 cm

Markus Selg’s myth-based work dares the viewer to reconsider contemporary art as all-encompassing, immersive and universal. His printmaking, sculpture and video-based practice is infused with recurring themes from world art history, and merges traditional craft and technology to re-spiritualise the role of the artist within a contemporary context.

Markus Selg
Angelus

2010

Piezo print on paper

49.5 x 39.5 cm

Selg works in unusual self-isolation from his times quite literally: the artist has retreated into the woods in order to work, donning the role of the traditional craftsman and exploring the idea of self-sufficiency that accompanies it. At the same time, Selg takes advantage of the latest computer technology to produce multi-layered images like the dreamlike Vorahnung (Premonition) and the colour-saturated Angelus (both 2010), recalling the imagery and symbolism of earlier visual traditions of the German Romantics and Expressionists.

Markus Selg
Anima

2010

Wood

100 x 30 x 30 cm

Thematically, night, nature, sex, life and death fill works such as the quasi-Biblical Traum der Sarazenin (2007) and the Gauguin-esque Searching for Ruwenzori (2010). Similar ideas around the life cycle, human loneliness and other allegorical states haunt his dramatically posed figures made out of plaster, jute, metal and wood. Mild und Leise Wie Er Lächelt (2008), which looks like a Buddhist icon, is more intricately ornamented and polished than more recent works from 2010 based on drawings, which free the figure with a more essentialised representation. Trauernde (Mourner), Betender, Eva, Anima and Abgrund (Abyss) show the artist continuing a three-dimensional shedding process and a tendency towards rustication, seen in the roughly-hewn Bench (Tiger) and Chair (Hanush) (all 2010).

Markus Selg
Abgrund (Abyss)

2010

Wood

110 x 26 cm

The imagery in the works shown here is inspired by life and creation. When asked about the imperfections embedded in them, Selg refers to the sense of almost spiritual, single wholeness permeating his practice. ‘All of The Creation is perfect…The less you care about form and the more you are able to follow your intuition, the closer you can get to a truth, which is not only following the outer world. The cardinal example of a Gesamtkunstwerk is life itself.’

Markus Selg
Bench (Tiger)

2010

Collaboration with Astrid Sourkova, Wood

80 x 120 x 38 cm
Markus Selg
Chair (Hanush)

2010

Collaboration with Astrid Sourkova, Wood

88 x 64 x 24 cm
Markus Selg
Mild und leise wie er lächelt (Mild and quiet as he smiles)

2008

Metal, Wood, Straw, Plaster, Shellac

150 x 38 x 34 cm
Markus Selg
Eva

2010

Plaster, wood, jute, metal

95 x 26 x 26 cm / 88 x 33 x 33 cm (pedestal)
Markus Selg
Searching For Ruwenzori

2010

Sublimation print on fabric

195 x 260 cm
Markus Selg
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Markus Selg
Betender

2009

Plaster,straw, jute, metal, wood

Artwork: 86 x 20 x 47 cm Plinth: 85 x 60 x 60 cm
Markus Selg
Trauernde

2008

Plaster, straw, jute, metal, shellac

Artwork: 125 x 30 x 30 cm Plinth: 62 x 36 x 36 cm
Markus Selg
Traum der Sarazenin

2007

Sublimation print on fabric

240 x 350 cm

Other Resources

guidowbaudach.com
Representative gallery website- Markus Selg, exhibition information.

artfacts.net
Additional information and images – Markus Selg

artnet.com
Various other resources and images - Markus Selg

vilmagold.com
Vilma Gold gallery.
For his first solo show at Vilma Gold Selg’s new installation will unite his multi-faceted practice, which includes painting, sculpture, digital prints and the moving image. Selg’s imagery is characterized by density: His two dimensional landscapes and three-dimensional figures emerge from a process of collecting and condensing materials on the computer screen. Selg compresses the sci-fi and the classical, the primitive and the virtual, to evoke complex other-wordly places where the dramatic forces of nature reflect the state of man. Beginning with the creation of a fictional narrative, Selg’s practice works along two strands: the individual work of art, which stands always in and of itself, and the Gesamtkunstwerk; the Total Work of Art, which stages the individual work to play a role within a larger, all-encompassing production. Often inhabiting the form of the opera, the Gesamtkunstwerk is orchestrated by Selg using roving spotlights, sound and projection to create highly symbolic experiential rooms.

guidowbaudach.com
Markus Selg at Guido Baudach gallery – selected images from past exhibitions

whitehotmagazine.com
Markus Selg, Delphi - The Human Rainbow, installation view, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles CA

jacktiltongallery.com
Markus Selg exhibition at Jack Tilton Gallery

.goethe.de
Emanating from an individual artistic position, Markus Selg works with a broad bandwidth of media: he makes use of painting, sculpture, computer technology as well as film and video. In his complex installations one finds an individual integration of space structures and very exceptional lighting arrangements. The main roles within these scenarios are played by universal and eternally recurring archetype motives of human history and mythology: creation, decline, loss and resurrection.