Andreas Schmid's current exhibition presents 3 central elements of his artistic practice: drawings on paper, walldrawings and drawing with light.
The dominant element of his art is the line, which is being
materialised in the space of the gallery by various techniques and in different shapes
It appears as a trace of movement through the use of coloured pencil or tempera on the paper. The paper is sometimes neutrally white but also the grid paper of architects providing a scale of measurement, is being used. Additionally, the line is created through masking tape in various colours. The masking tape is also used when he directlyworks on the wall. Schmid combines it with lines drawn with pigment, which he preferably applies with the brush. Eventually he creates lines and shapes of fluorescent tubes in tones of white, green and yellow. Here the ontological status of the line is bipolar: It has a haptical-physical presence (as a tube on the wall), and it exists in an immaterial mode of the light, which brightly shines and theryby overshadows (!) the linear tube.
Therefore, the line is part of the material and the immaterial. It is both: representative and expressive. The line always exists in the present, in the time of its own evolvement. The line is trace, mark and in its completed state also the record of its genesis.
The line, as it appears here is a fact, a phenomenon, a setting. It is changing the space in which it appears. It responds to it and transforms the perception of the space.
The same space without any of these interventions of light, pigment and tape would be totally different - a truism but also a significant observation- as the lines funcion to bring the audience to a deeper understanding, they put a focus on the proportions and dimensions, as well as they change the sense of space. They set the standard, from which the perception of the space and the perception of the recipient become tangible.
The lines create facts that are by no means self-referential, as they are not ornamental or decorative, but always analytical instruments, which penetrate and question the surrounding space.
Andreas Schmid (*1955) lives and works in Berlin. His work has been presented in variousof national and international Exhibitions. Recently at the Mumok in Vienna and at the Foundation Dommnick together with the Kunstverein Nürtingen. He was artist in residence of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and attended guest professorships at several universities. Schmid, who many years lived in China, is considered to be an expert on contemporary Chinese art and has worked as a curator in this field several times. In the past he has also been involved in numerous publications concerning drawing, space and Chinese contemporary art.