For two years Marco Kaufmann has been exploring the subject of boundaries with incessant fascination, which lead him to develop the project “Anrandungen” (literally: along borders of…). It comprises of photographic and painting works and explores the purpose of a boundary; how it both structures the shapeless and defines a restriction, in a picture as well as in life. In this instance it is about basic questions of containment and boundlessness, about integration and exclusion.
His photography and painting are in a constant interplay, culminating in a lively rivalry which sees the transfer of the photographic picture drafts into his paintings. The photography is inspired by Japanese photographers such as Daido Moriyama and Zen-inspired Soji Ueda. Traces of the Zen tradition can also be found in his work which shows the paintings leaning against the photographs and vice versa.
This sense of interplay often remains indiscriminately on the painting, mutating it; bright becomes dark, the colours travel from one corner to the other, obtuse turns into acute, until it becomes – “The Struggle to”. The latter representing a frail childhood memory that is slowly eaten up by current events, and can only connect to the present via its brightest references; leaving a pending yearning for what we once had.
In his newer works Marco Kaufmann developed a deeper interest towards the limits of the picture. Furthermore, it is a direct analysis of the four sides of the picture and it questions the actuality of this two-dimensionality. In previous exhibitions different-sized paintings hang on the wall, irregularly distanced. Such display accentuates the issue of the empty space as a medium of interaction between pictures. An interaction of forms, colours and dimensions.
Born in Pasewalk, East Germany
Date of Birth: 17.04.1975
2006 – 2007
post degree Fine Art, School of Art Berlin Weissensee
2004 – 2006
University Degree Fine Art, Painting,
School of Art Berlin, Weissensee
2000 – 2004
Fine Art, Painting & Photography
University of Art and Design Halle, BurgGiebichenstein Halle
1996 – 1999
professional training, Graphic Designer,