AboutNo medium is as naturally anchored in the art world as painting. At the same time, no art form is so under pressure to justify itself. Therefore, painting must always reinvent itself and above all, think about itself as a medium. Michaela Zimmer and Johannes Tassilo Walter have each developed idiosyncratic methods to inscribe traces and temporal processes into their work, while avoiding the authenticity trap of the old modernists. Zimmer works with an anthropomorphic concept – the body is present as an abstract sign.
At the same time, she uses various plastics to make her paintings look like assemblages. In doing so, it reveals the picturesque qualities of foils, packaging and tarpaulins.
In Walter's case however, a large part of the traces result from his process of addition and subtraction. Like a palimpsest, it lets different steps stand side by side. At the same time, Walter works with reproduction processes and the coincidences they bring along.
Both artists succeed in using painting as a medium for an intellectual debate.