Fine Art (2D) - Altered Spaces - Research

David Schnell - Hover

David Schnell is a German painter who works with architectural forms and gives it a new perspective. His work origins from social realism and art history and presents it in the form of a fictional landscape; it is very much virtualization of a real landscape. The forms in his paintings look very much unstable, as many of them are in some ways floating.

His interest was images of landscapes on the record cover of punk and independent band; therefore, in his work, the construction has already taken place. what he does, is changing the reality of that space, and building that question for the audience that "who might live in these spaces?". There are many layering of paint and deleting a certain area and changing it to another object. His work might show an illusion or can be a metaphorical way of presenting reality. I believe, his method of painting can be used to present his own reality and how he sees a certain landscape. 

After looking at his paintings, I instantly got so many mixed emotions, and it was almost very overwhelming. Personally, looking at fictional spaces confuses me, as it brings so many questions to my head. One of the reasons why his paintings are so captivating is that it almost feels as if the paintings are not completed, and there is more to come to that story. Each individual can have a different perception of his work due to its fictional landscape. 



Daniels .D, Hartup.C, Rurhberg.B. (2008) David Schnell: Hover. Hatje Cantz (REF)

Artnet, David Schnell (Date last accessed: 14/10/18) (REF)



Gelbe scheune , 2005


Eingang, 2007


Gehege, 2000



Kollision in der baumschule, 2003



Raps, 2001



Treppe , 2007

Land Art

Land Art also is known as Earth Art is part of the conceptual art movement in the 1960s and 1970s. This is made directly into the landscape, using the land materials such as rocks and sand. 

Richard Long, ‘Sahara Circle’ 1988

Richard Long, Sahara circle, 1988 (REF)

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty (REF)

Visit to Amy Sillman's exhibition





Ian Monroe - Where does one thing end and the next begin?

Ian Monroe believes that the materials do not define nature, but the difference between them; and when one thing stops, another begins. He also believes that the nature of materiality is not clarified as the material, but the empty space in between them. A method he uses to express this difference is collaging, which unifies different edges and raises new meaning to itself. 

Chimera's Edge

Chimera's are known as the "monsters" representing deep fear; these are creatures made up of multiple animals (lion, goat, serpent). what's interesting about chimeras is that the animals' separate identities are actually symbolic of fertility, bravery and cunning. however, when their identities are mixed and their boundaries are broken, they become this horrific creature. 


The infinity Pool - The edge of illusion 

I believe this is the one which is most related to this project, which is combining of the reality and imagination. This is mixing different perspectives and as a result, getting a new one. Thomas Demand achieved this illusion and reality mix by the use of architectural interior and photographed the locations that were destroyed. What he does is the combination of mundane and uncertainty to explore the notion of infinity. 


Vault, 2012

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Camouflage - The edge erased 

This is the illusion to blur and confuse, so the edge is erased altogether; the disappearance of the edge will complicate matters and blends the whole thing into the background. 



Monroe.I, Where does one thing end and next begin, pages 32-45, (2008) Assembling Contemporary Art (REF)

Social Realism

This is a term used for any painting, sculpture, photograph, etc. which carries a political comment within it. 

Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene: 1930 – 1950 (REF)


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Zimbabwe, Kate Raath, 1949 (REF)

Collection of Spaces - Aesthetica Magazine








Aesthetica Magazine, issue 77.  June/July 2017. The Art and Culture Magazine (REF)


Visit to Katy Hessel's exhibition




Nigel Cooke

Nigel Cooke's work is inspiring and exciting as there is a right amount of collision between reality and illusion. It almost looks like he is painting the way he feels about the reality and how he sees it in his perspective. He said that his work is an archive of interests that he has. What I really liked about his work is how he painted on one canvas over and over again, to achieve what he wanted. He also mentioned the "sun motif" that he used from another earlier painting, in this new painting stopped him from achieving what he wanted for that painting, as there was a repetition in his work; therefore, he stopped using the same sun in his work. to me that is really interesting; without seeing the whole process, I was quite confused and curious to know why the people inside this drawing are all painted on one side, which created a tension. but after seeing the archive of his process, everything made more sense.  Another aspect of this painting that I really enjoy looking at is the color palette that has been used. I believe it has a tremendous effect on how the audience perceives this painting. 

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New Accursed Art Club 2007 (REF)



Nature Loves you, 2011-2012 (REF)



Black Butterfly, 2015 (REF)



Chris Harnden, The Pace Gallery. (2018). Last Accessed: 14/10/18 (REF)

Tate  (2018), Nigel Cooke. Last Accessed: 15/10/2018 (REF)

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