Mark Hartzheim
Series:
Objects and Assemblages
Objects and Assemblages
Objet trouvé: The entire series was inspired by a found object, an irregularly shaped piece of wood from the floor of the forest. Its chiselled, uneven surface seemed to cry out for colour. The medium of watercolour seemed appropriate as it stains the wood while leaving its grain and texture intact.
Pencil Picture: This work was an attempt to create an appealing composition consisting of "leftover" coloured pencils. Light and shadow play an important role, as "faux shadows" visually bind the pencils to the substrate, yet combine with real shadows which of course vary depending on the lighting.
Totem I and II: Both of these objects were inspired by a branch of driftwood whose surface had been engraved by worms. Fascinated by these natural marks, I decided to add color in order to bring them to light. Painting with opaque colours on a convex surface reminded me of totem poles, hence the title.
Go with the Grain, Tools of the Trade, Picture This!: The grain, texture and subtle hues of the wood itself became the point of departure for the colours and shapes which evolved. Diverse small objects, e.g. pencil lead, erasers, a brush, were integrated through the use of "faux-shadows" or similar colours. The two different levels of the assemblages increase the 3-dimensional aspect as well as provide more possibilities to work with space.

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Objet trouvé, 2015
watercolour on wood
13 x 36 x 4,5 cm (H/B/T)

Objet trouvé, 2015 (Detail)
 
 

Objet trouvé, 2015 (Detail)
 
 

Objet trouvé, 2015 (Detail)
 
 

Pencil Picture, 2015/16
mixed media on wood
23,8 x 33 x 3 cm (H/B/T)

Pencil Picture, 2015/16 (Detail)
 
 

Totem I, 2016
watercolour on driftwood
72cm (H), Plinthe 8 x 8 cm

Totem I, 2016
(Detail)

Totem I, 2016
(Detail)
 

Totem I, 2016
(Detail)
 

Totem I, 2016
(Detail)
 

Totem I, 2016
(Detail)
 

Totem I, 2016
(Detail)
 

Totem II, 2016
watercolour on driftwood
11,5 x 82 cm (H/B), Plinthe 95 x 27 x 1,8 cm

Totem II, 2016
watercolour on driftwood
11,5 x 82 cm (H/B), Plinthe 95 x 27 x 1,8 cm

Totem II, 2016 (Detail)
 
 

Totem II, 2016 (Detail)
 
 

Totem II, 2016 (Detail)
 
 

Totem II, 2016 (Detail)
 
 

Go with the Grain, 2015/16, 2020
Mixed Media auf Holz
33 x 43 x 3 cm

Go with the Grain, 2015/16, 2020 (Detail)
 
 

Go with the Grain, 2015/16, 2020 (Detail)
 
 

Go with the Grain, 2015/16, 2020 (Detail)
 
 

Tools of the Trade, 2017, 2020
mixed media on wood
35 x 43 x 3 cm

Tools of the Trade, 2017, 2020 (Detail)
 
 

Tools of the Trade, 2017, 2020 (Detail)
 
 

Tools of the Trade, 2017, 2020 (Detail)
 
 

Picture This!, 2017
mixed media on wood
33 x 43 x 3 cm

Picture This!, 2017 (Detail)
 
 

Picture This!, 2017 (Detail)
 
 

Picture This!, 2017 (Detail)
 
 

Picture This!, 2017 (Detail)
 
 
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