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Matter, Energy and Space – Michael Burges

As part of Art in the BiT, the Düsseldorf-based internationally active artist Michael Burges is showing us a selection from the series "Reverse Glass Paintings" and "Virtual Space Works": In the Biotechnikum at KWS, the artist presents us with a broad spectrum of her colorful series of works.

Reverse Glass Paintings and Virtual Space Works by Michael Burges in the rooms of the KWS Biotechnikum

Burges' reverse glass paintings have anextraordinary color presence andaesthetic precision. But they do not interpret anything. They act and interact with light and reflection,with natural forms and structures,with physical processes, with the emergence of matter.They are a painterly analysis andsimulation of phenomena and thusan exploration of our perception.The pane of glass breaks the surfaces of the picture,is both a separation and a portal.In this respect, they are more like "painting objects",which, in their interplay with the light and thestructures create a kind of "visual sound"- the sound of painting.

The motifs are all abstract in the traditional sense, i.e. they do not imitate any representational reality. The featureless colors and shapes are interwoven in a complex web of interactions, they are sometimes calm, some- times lively, and one might think that this alone would be the content of the picture. But far from it. The reverse glass paintings, or rather pictorial objects – because if you look closely, you will notice that they are all mounted on aluminum frames five centimeters thick and thus jut out from the wall – always refer to an extra-pictorial reality.

The artist – Michael Burges

Michael Burges was born in Düsseldorf in 1952 – was none other than the search for „what holds the world together at its core“, as Goethe‘s „Faust“ so beautifully puts it. Before learning the craft of painting as an assistant to the Bonn- based painter Douglas Swan, Michael Burges first studied sociology, ethnology and, above all, comparative religious studies. He was particularly interested in the connection between the religions of non-literate peoples and the emergence of science. Early forms of religious thought and scientific thought have long been known to be closely connected. With dances, sand and rock drawings, people tried to appease the gods in order to quell the forces of nature.

Portrait of Michael Burges

Image author: Franklin Berger, Düsseldorf

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