BANZ & BOWINKEL
PRIMITIVE I 06
CG Video-Loop, 1920x1080 (HxW)
The series PRIMITIVE consists of various geometric shapes such as spheres, cones or tori. They have immaculate, gleaming surfaces and a rich, at times almost fluorescent colouring. The objects are presented in perfect light on a neutral white background. The artists of the Minimal Art movement used industrial materials and production methods. Today, Banz & Bowinkel go one step further and use a computer for the complete production process and for presenting their sculptures. This results in images of sculptural shapes with an intense, yet intangible presence. What material are they made from? How large are they? How heavy are they? “What you see is what you see”: this is how Frank Stella summed up his minimalistic concept of art back in 1958. In the light of digital art, the statement is given a radical new meaning.
The duo Banz & Bowinkel uses technology as an artistic tool to research its influence on human culture. In doing so, they work on questions of perception, the concept of reality and the constraints of a society that lives in a cybernetic system.
The award-winning works of Giulia Bowinkel and Friedemann Banz have been exhibited at Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, House of Electronic Arts in Basel, Halle für Kunst & Medien in Graz, Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen and Haus Esters/Haus Lange in Krefeld.