Austrian artist Gerwald Rockenschaub (*1952) employs the entire range of minimalistic and formalistic mediums of expression in his work. In contrast to radical Minimal Art, he has never distanced himself from popular culture, but has continually sought a cross-over between art, design, media and everyday life. Rockenschaub freed the minimalistic concept from its rigid directives and created an individual “funky minimalistic” style.
His early canvas paintings depicted non-representational motifs, reminiscent of logos or pictograms. Rockenschaub later abandoned painting entirely and instead created his works using industrial materials such as acrylic, PVC and aluminum. He now generates his designs on the computer; the works are then manufactured by specialized companies. Rockenschaub’s interest in perceptual psychology dates to his studies. The exploration of visual perception possibilities is celebrated above all in his large installations of plexiglass objects in combination with wall painting.
In addition to developing an independent artistic position, Rockenschaub also works as an internationally successful DJ. He regards art and music as a fruitful symbiosis. His early Neo-Geo style paintings have the format of LP covers. In this context, the enigmatic title can also be understood as an imaginary soundtrack to the exhibition.
ohne Titel, 1985
Öl auf Leinwand
35 x 45 cm
Courtesy Sammlung Goetz Münche
Foto: Barbara Deller Leppert, München