PRESS RELEASE, 105.000 TONS, EXHIBIT, COLEMAN GALLERY

The body of mixed-media work by German artist Alex Stenzel was originally inspired by a deeply spiritual experience in the Aboriginal Australian Outback… Upon studying how Aboriginal people were incorporating the landscapes into their rituals, he understood for the first time that our entire reality is a relation of weight that we experience through our sense of touch…

“105,000” Tons represents two phases in the development of Stenzel’s photography/painting technique, expressly conceived to replicate his optical/psychological experience in the Outback for a visual art audience. Several large-scale c-prints form the literal and conceptual foundation of Stenzel’s paintings. Using macro-lenses, moving around objects and zooming in and out, he interacts with the texture and structure of the weathered surfaces. The speed of the camera as a medium allows him to directly work in three-dimensional space and with the slightest intuition, to encode the entire focal plane with a relation of weight. The surrounding color fields and over-paintings pin the objects to the canvas, forcing them to move around behind the focal plane, creating a space for themselves with their massive weight…

Stenzel is attracted to the texture and structure of weathered man-made objects that he finds on his global travels, which include such things as fences in Africa, shipwrecks in Australia, and broken windows in factory hallways. He feels that the process of decay, reclaiming a forgotten object and divorcing it from function in order to form another kind of artifact, reveals the true relationship between man and nature… Years of global nomadism, along with extensive exploration of contemporary visual criticism, have come together to produce a new technique of capturing the deepest essence of existence.

Coleman Gallery, 2001

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