Markus Linnenbrink builds his paintings on wooden panels, mixing pigments with epoxy resin to create layered compositions in a resplendent array of colors. Though he selects where the colors begin at the top of the panel, the liquid interacts with gravity to “draw” vertical stripes over photographs or watercolor backgrounds. Linnenbrink collects the runoff from this process and transforms the spillage into other paintings—forming discrete layers from which he drills and carves compositions. Clusters of excavated craters or deep jagged rifts define the topography of the resulting works.
Linnenbrink’s skillfully engineered paintings succeed by revealing their genesis and production, and by emphasizing their materiality. Their relatively simple components—wood,pigments, and epoxy resin—reflect a pre-digital world before the advent of sophisticated and lightning- fast modes of communication. Linnenbrink’s striking use of color, however, gives his works an intensity and complexity that dazzle the viewer. David Pagel describes the experience as “an amazing orchestration of information overload.”