"What I am more interested in are unspectacular motifs that only become interesting when painted," says Florian Süssmayr. In his new works, Florian Süssmayr goes a step further: he has selected "non-motifs" from his artists's book "Painting & Photography", published by one star press in Paris in 2009. The book shows photographs, studies, possible motifs next to already existing paintings, which have been reproduced photographically. The deliberately rough reproduction has in parts been made even rougher by subsequent photocopying several times over. The images have been arranged by the artist on double pages in complex mises-en-scène. Black-and-white has been printed on uncoated paper – very rough.
These decoloured colour photographs and illustrations are processed into oil paintings in fine gradations of grey – as paired images on double pages. Florian Süssmayr experiments with different aggregate states of his works, changing his techniques and materials and using different supports for his motifs. He is interested in transformation: reproducing paintings photographically with flash, utilizing the reflection on shiny, thinly applied oil paint for the making of a new painting and then using the latter as the artwork for a poster edition on paper. The implied expectations of the respective medium are also exploited.
Paintings of wall tiles, without graffiti and other daubs and scribblings, were reproduced and printed as posters and then posted provocatively on public hoardings in Munich in autumn 2009. This poster campaign, carried out jointly with institutions.cc, ended for the time being with an exhibition of the original paintings in the tiled, draughty pedestrian subway of the MaximiliansForum in Munich. Florian Süssmayr also put together a programme – in collaboration with Romuald Karmaker, Walther König and Klaus Lemke, among others – which in turn was shown in a "poster tiled" room. The further progress made by this project has been documented on the website www.thislongcentury.com (Entry No. 66).
A shift in perspective has meanwhile become noticeable in Florian Süssmayr's familiar motifs. Things are moving towards the edge, the ground is taking up more space, the image is more abstract/concrete. Sometimes he zooms in close: curtains, walls, kitchen towels, tiles. Sheer concentration.
Exhibited on the first floor of the gallery are framed small-format interiors and landscapes (battlefields).
Florian Süssmayr, born in 1963, lives and works in Munich.
Text: Swantje Grundler