markus linnenbrink: color wall
uniting painting with architecture, new york based artist markus linnenbrink has transformed two exhibition spaces at the kunsthalle, nürnberg into a walk-all-over canvas. the floors, walls and ceiling of the german site have been pigmented with vibrantly-hued parallel streaks, traversing through the gallery’s rooms. the specific arrangement of the tones and their linear movement sees the line between two-dimensionality dissolve, simultaneously suggesting the idea of an endlessly expanding space. this color adaptation, which linnenbrink has titled ‘wasserscheide(desireallputtogether)’, evokes a wild and psychedelic sense of mobility, with an intensity that the viewer’s eye can hardly follow.

markus linnenbrink color wall
the color-blocking suggests the idea of an endlessly expanding space
all photos by annette kradisch, nuremberg | installation view at kunsthalle nürnberg, nuremberg

 

 

 

linnenbrink begins by applying transparent layers of paint to the walls, gradually reducing the width of the stripes with applied pigments. throughout this process, the glazed layers shine through each other, setting the space in motion. the coloration of the walls has a translucent quality reminiscent of watercolor works and running paint drippings left behind bear a texture that is confusingly ephemeral.

 

the effect of the image-space cannot be grasped at a glance — it is activated by walking through the site. depending on the viewer’s agility and size, various aesthetic, emotional and psychological impacts take shape. visitors can experience the work presented at the kunsthalle nürnberg from now until december 10th, 2014.

markus linnenbrink color wall
two exhibition spaces at the kunsthalle, nürnberg have been transformed into a walk-all-over painting

markus linnenbrink color wall
vibrantly-hued parallel streaks traverse through the gallery’s rooms

markus linnenbrink color wall
colored paint stripes drip onto the pigmented layer below

markus linnenbrink color wall
color extends onto the architectural site

markus linnenbrink color wall
all surfaces of the floor, wall and ceiling are colored with paint

markus linnenbrink color wall
2-dimensional painting translates into a seemingly 3-dimenstional space

markus linnenbrink color wall
the arrangement of colors sees the line between two-dimensionality dissolve

markus linnenbrink color wall
the painting evokes a wild and psychedelic sense of mobility