Body Print Artist
D - 55743 Idar-Oberstein
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|Born 1942 in Aschaffenburg. Died Jan. 2017 in Idar-Oberstein.|
|After high school graduation studied pedagogics including the subject art. Lives in Wuppertal and teached - among other subjects - art at a primary school in Lennep.|
|Since 1985 increasingly active as an artist - initially with etching, drawing and watercolours.|
|Since 1988 annual visits of several weeks to the European Art Academy in Trier, Germany, and at lithograph workshops in Frankfurt and Hunsrueck.|
|Since 2002 exclusively working as an independent artist,
mainly working in the fields of body printing, mixed media, collage and lithographs.
In his private studio he gives courses on the drawing of live models.
|Since 1996 member of the artists cooperative ShopArt, and 2005 cofounder of the artists community Artroom in Dusseldorf, running there a gallery of their own combined with an art studio.|
|Since 1989 participation in single and group exhibitions in Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Thailand, often combined with live performances of his body print technique.|
TV-Report of the Gallery Opium Exhibition Opening, Pattaya, Thailand, on March 25th. 2006
Printing with the human body is an artistic form of representation going back many thousands of years, right back to the Stone Age. In the caves of Altamira, Lascaux and the central Sahara, coloured imprints of hands together with pictures of animals and hunting scenes are testament to very early artistic achievements. All of these Stone-Age pictures and imprints were largely of a religious nature.
A completely different way of looking at things becomes apparent with body prints (or prints of parts of the body) in contemporary art. When the permanence, the static aspect of pictures and sculptures, was questioned in art between the mid 50s and end 60s, it happened to lead to the creation of the anthropometries of Yves Klein. Taking this as a starting point, I arrived at the following theory: If an artist paints a portrait, a figure or a portrayal of a person, the model stands on one side and the work created - the result - on the other side. The model and the portrayal are separated and belong together only through the artistic communication. These relationships change in my body imprints. The model and the artist participate equally and the person always takes centre stage in the work. The naked skin also represents our everyday clothes, as it were. The art of colour printing - dark and light contours manifest themselves in new, subtly erotic body pictures. They are an aesthetic expression of body forms and body movements and indirectly address the wishful notions of both artist and model.
With body prints, I can place special emphasis on the experimental character of my work. I can give the print contours, create a collage or make other creative changes. The body prints can be edited further through different processes. I can paint over, mask, cut up or remove particular parts. The individuality and personality of the model play an important role in further processing of the original body print.
The print can, however, remain just as it originated, namely as an improvisation. The colour is the track of the body, a mysterious mark or maybe a large imprint. In my creations, I try to give the anthropometric symbolism visualised by Yves Klein another dimension. Einhard Zang