Michael Bleyenberg GERMANY
‘Architecture and light, the permanent and the ephemeral can be put into a state of creative tension.’
Describing his work as ‘light architecture’ Bleyenberg is best know for his large scale installations using diffractive holographic elements and dot-matrix hologram prints. He considers these holograms as projectors, casting light through space. He calls them „Agents of light“. While such holograms have no image depth the shifting colours produce a different dimension.
Bleyenberg trained and practiced as a painter before focusing on compositions with optics and light. He has exhibited extensively in Europe and was featured in MIT Museum’s Luminous Windows: Holograms for the 21st Century. Bleyenberg’s public art commissions include Eyefire- Holographic Wall for the DFG, German Research Foundation, Bonn, Germany and New Burlington Flare diffractive light installation for New Burlington Place, London, England among others.
Renaissance:re is a series of holographic portraits which (re)establishes a connection to the Italian renaissance painters of the 15th century and the masters of early dutch painting. Quite a number of these artists used optical aids . They employed mirrors, prisms and lenses to create their highly detailed and realistic paintings and drawings. Like today, attaching importance to the science and technique of their time lead them to new ways of artistic depiction.
three views of: Renaissance:re_Pisano 100 x 100 cm
Combining drawing and computer generated sketches Blyenbergs’ portraits link together concepts in art and philosophy. His research into the relationship of optics to painting styles informs these works which seek to push the application of light as a pictorial tool. Dynamic drawings of light are composed with the undulation of spectral colour.
Michael Bleyenberg, 2017
Renaissance:re series, Dot-matrix holographic prints 44x44cm
Kiss (above) and Krieger/Warrior (Below)