TIm Stapel, Teilstück, 2011 (Detail)
Tim Stapel »Multiplex«
Tim Stapel constructs by elementary forms graphical and pictorial strings which are opposed to a central perspective arrangement of room, but nevertheless advance in the perspective room. Besides the reduction to a strictly composed pattern the calculated use of colour and isometric drawing benefits with the permanent prominence and regressing of single forms - a dichotomy of perception.
For Parrotta Gallery the artist designed a work on the floor that ranges on the threshold between a two- and three-dimensional object. As a textile tissue it captures real space but exhibits nevertheless a flat image area. As a pictorial break-out in the third dimension. "As a painter I am interested in pictures. The fact that the picture lies on the floor is fascinating to me. The deplacement of the picture of its frontal view makes it more and more a surface, a field that expands to lengths and breadths. The flat surface demands other things of the picture and forces the viewer into an evaluation of the pictorial room. Being confronted with the room situation the picture develops sculptural characteristics as well. It opens up into the room and can be watched from different point of views. The picture construction shows itself thus in different form and colour constellations. The perspective image space multiplies with its perspectivly shortened views." With its origins in easy systems Tim Stapel's works raise questions in concrete art. This term came up in a manifest of Theo van Doesburg: the picture has to be constructed only of plastic elements, of surfaces and colours and should not have any other meaning than itself. Despite the pictorial reduction of pictorial agents the works of Tim Stapel refuse such a self-regarding character. The elementary forms not only show the dependence on room and point of view but also an abiloshement of the perspective concreteness. © Parrotta Contemporary Art, 2009. Translated by Michelle Wagner.