Horst Bartnig has worked as a painter and graphic artist since the mid 60s. His early concrete works with computer-generated forms are the result of artistic investigations that anticipated the aesthetic of algorithmically generated computer graphics in digital art and their importance within the digital folklore of the internet.
Alma Alloro is a young artist whose work is inspired by the demoscene and hacker culture of the 80s and 90s. Her work comes out of an understanding of art as an applied, vernacular practice in the Bauhaus tradition.
The combinations of form in the work of Horst Bartnig emerge from a line of inquiry that emphasises the relations among forms as well as the processes of perception itself. The variations in his work are the experimental outcome of a rule that unfolds as a series in space – leading to their convergence in the head of the viewer, as if in a film. Alma Alloro’s work is developed out of her own animations or cracktros from the demoscene, which she brings back into a singular image plane by turning each frame into an individual image, rearranging and reordering them and taking them out of their chronological sequence.
The exhibition “concrete::dynamic” puts these two artists and their works in dialogue. By demonstrating the current aesthetic relevance of the formal languages they use, it also points to the importance of the traditions of Bauhaus and concrete art today.