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IntroductionTracing the Essential
Gero Gries has dedicated himself completely to artistic creation on the computer. His precisely executed large-format interiors and portraits are highly stylized for purposes of idealized exaggeration. His computer-generated images show, among other things, interior spaces and thus continue the artistic genre of the interior. His pictures are based on the combination of his own experience or events and reflect his creative effort to trace the essential.
Gero Gries carefully and meticulously thinks over every detail down to the individual pixel, but as he says himself, prepares the images just as carelessly. Gero Gries is one of those artists who considers computer-supported image production a continuation of painting, via another medium. His pictures suppose photorealism, but would be unattainable using conventional tools of photography. He creates his pictures himself (using the design possibilities of constantly changing computer technology), so they are actually more closely related to painting than photography. This is also a peculiarity of his way of working, something that becomes all the more evident through his choice of subjects, which broadly conform to traditional genres of art.
By taking up and, in part, adopting art historical genres and motifs, Gero Gries follows in a long tradition of artists through all periods who reflect the work of predecessors thematically and in motif. Like Vermeer, for example, sunlight streaming in breaks through the oppressive mood of a closed room. Gero Gries chooses a similar arrangement to express this effect with painterly accuracy, but in his own style of formed, smooth, but no less emotional transmission, characterized by a hyperrealistic depiction of surfaces and precise illumination.
For the representation of different surface textures Gero Gries applies the technical possibilities of his software thereby achieving images of a clarity that would be unattainable with analogue photography even with the most sophisticated installations. Herein lies the aesthetic uniqueness of Gero Gries’ work.
Text: Ulrike Pennewitz
1951 Born in Marburg PhD in medicine Since 1984 Performances and exhibits Since 1992 Computer renderings Lives and works in BerlinAwards
1993-1994 Studio Scholarship, Kunstwerke, Berlin 1991/1992 DAAD Scholarship in Los Angeles Guest lecturer at ArtCenter, Pasadena 1989/1990 Studio Scholarship Künstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinExhibitions
2005 Tunnelblick, DAM, Berlin 2000 pict, Kunstiftung Poll, Berlin 1995/1996 Meere & Zellen (Seas and Cells), various locations, Berlin 1994 Adhan, Kunst vor Ort (Art on Location), Hannover-Langenhagen 1992 v, Gallery Fenster, Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main 1990 Mond 2 die 1. (Moon 2 1), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin zeitmalzeit (Time Meal), Laden für Nichts, Berlin 1989 Bilder Lernen Fahren (Images Learn to Drive), Mehrzweckhalle, Berlin 1988 Kunst für Touristen (Art for Tourists), Laden für Nichts, Berlin
2006 FORESIGHT, Kunstverein Augsburg 2004 Virtual Illusion, DAM, Berlin 2003 Digital Power, DAM, Berlin 2002 natürlich künstlich - Das virtuelle Bild (Naturally Artifical - the Virtual Image), Kunsthalle Rostock, Kunstverein Mannheim, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 1999 Digital Sunshine, Kunsthallen Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark 1998 Le futur du passé, LAC, Sigean, France 1996 Exhibition: Die Gallery (Wewerka), Interims-Kunsthalle, Berlin 1993 Integrale, NGBK, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin Melancholische Tröstung & Zynismus (Melancholic Solace & Cynicism), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin Ruth Bloom Gallery, Los Angeles Scholarship exhibition, Kunstwerke, Berlin 1992 i.V., Gallery 4, Berlin 1991/1992 Berlin Art Scene, Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo among others 1991 Interferenzen (Interferences), Nationalmuseum, Riga 1990 1, 2, 3, Wewerka & Weiss Gallery, Berlin Ceterum censeo, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 1989 D&S, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg