Title: Schlüter: By Land, Sea, and in the Air - Dynamic Pictures
Start date: Feb 20 2019
Start time: 07:00 pm
End time: 07:30 pm
Organizer: Marco Podobnik, Sonja Krainhöfner,
Location: Max Planck House

Exhibition “By Land, Sea, and in the Air”

Dynamic Pictures by Matthias Schlüter

The series Dynamic Pictures by Matthias Schlüter is inspired by the mobility of modern man. Research, innovation, and technology have rapidly and drastically changed the forms of movement in society. The different spaces have created a diversity of forms of transport, which in turn have demanded environmental changes through the need for mobility. The exhibition in the Max Planck House is in the context of this interrelation. Not only objects like ships, trains, planes, and bicycles move. The urban infrastructures such as ports, roads, bridges or railway tracks are also becoming more dynamic. Matthias Schlüter discovers his motifs in the context of mobility in traveling around the world. He collects his impressions in numerous sketchbooks, which are used as a template for the realization in the studio. In his pictures, movements are depicted by means of perspective. Distorted picture spaces create an illusion of movement at high speed. Schlüter's pictures thus open up a field of tension within human perception.

The vernissage is musically accompanied by an electronic-experimental jazz quartet consisting of Marco Podobnik (saxophone), Hakim Azmi (piano), Quintin Copper and Niels Stehwien (both electronics). As a supplement to the series Dynamic Pictures, soundscapes are created that evoke associations with various forms of movement.

A Portrait of Matthias Schlüter

Matthias Schlüter abstracts everyday life from all over the world. He records his impressions in over 300 sketchbooks, which serve as models for the artistic realization in the studio. Schlüter’s work is based on painting, drawing, and lithography. The thematic focus is on dynamic objects such as the human being in action, the infrastructure and its subsystems in the city or natural landscapes; motifs that are water-colored, collaged, applied to paper and nettles in mixed technique, drawn, printed or folded as a leporello. Schlüter prefers the Jura stone for lithographic works. In contrast to the dynamics he deals with static objects such as suitcases and especially chairs made of wood, metal, and plastics. He has won several awards, including the Art Prize of the City of Ingolstadt and the Lithography Scholarship of the Urban Gallery Wolfsburg.