Above images from “BRICKED CASTLES” / Beni Bischof
New work to me… I like how these images defy easy categorization – perhaps it is best to simply say these are very good critical pictures.
My impression is that these works float in almost pure picture form. The picture contains the elements of a photograph, a drawing, a painting – and it is incidental upon what medium the image rests… That is something new and exciting.
What’s so great?
These pictures are modern and potent.
Rather than admiring the laborious recreation of “what has already been”, Bishcof’s pictures (at least those in the “Bricked Castles series” ) move beyond recollection, imitation, or sorry re-creation and reference. Quite unlike for example this work posted on Conscientious by Jörg Colberg- which rests quite heavily on someone else’s shoulders. In my opinion the referencing sort of approach / process as exampled by Hiroyuki Masuyama recreating Caspar David Friedrich leads only to diluting the potential potency of both…
Bischof‘s Bricked Castles series for me has that potent quality of allowing one to postulate multiple meanings… especially considering the current context of world affairs for example between the “eastern” and the “western” cultural (religion) views of the world…