Studio Markus Wirthmann

presented by Matthias Mayer

Artists with works at this studio

Markus Wirthmann (b. 1963, Aschaffenburg am Main) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Braunschweig and at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he later served as faculty member. Wirthmann constructs his works using ephemeral and amorphous materials. Water, sand, light, and air are arranged by technical experiments which re-frame scientific processes in aesthetic terms. While the material conditions are determined by the artist, the form they take is usually left up to the machines, which reproduce seemingly natural phenomena, such as the creation of sand dunes or a solar eclipse. In his many exhibitions the works and the apparatus which created them are shown in tandem. Through this combination the artist evades metaphysical or poetical reference. Instead, Wirthmann’s sculpture is in a permanent flux, congealing again and again to an image that reveals the conditions of its own formation. Markus Wirthmann has received such awards as Cuanuswerk, Worpswede, the Dix Prize, and the Art Fund Scholarship. He lives and works in Berlin.

Nicole Cohen (b.1970, Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United States) received her MFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in drawing, painting, and video. She locates vintage and historical photographs (collecting magazines, books, and location scouting) and overlays via projection, a digital intervention of a super-imposed person, appearing ephemeral on top of the still image. The result appears as the present meeting with the a past environment. She also brings in natural elements through animation to activate a photograph of an off limit space with bubbles, smoke, fire, etc., that generate an uncanny atmospheric perspective of a scene. Her work is about the psychology of spaces, by overlaying a self made time lapse. She has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Williams College Museum of Art, La B.A.N.K Galerie in Paris, Autostadt (VW) Wolfsburg, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, American University Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Schloss Britz (Berlin). She is the Founder/ Creative Director of the Berlin Collective and teaches at Pace University. Nicole Cohen lives and works in New York City.