Markus Linnenbrink’s Installations Flood Interiors with Rainbow Pigments

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WASSERSCHEIDE(DESIREALLPUTTOGETHER). Kunsthalle Nuernberg Germany, 2014.

If there’s anyone whose work could convey the experience of tetrachromacy, it’s Markus Linnenbrink. The multi-disciplinary artist’s trippy installations and paintings might take those with average vision closer to experiencing a condition where the affected see millions more colors on the spectrum than most human beings. However, Linnenbrink’s drips and strips of colors aren’t a result of a biological condition but rather an aesthetic preference (besides, tetrachromacy only affects women).

The Germany-born, New York-based Linnenbrink surprisingly entered the art world in monochrome, sticking to his then-typical palette of greys, blacks and whites. Now, however, his use of color marks a signature style in his dry pigment and resin works. He’s poured paints over floors, letting them ooze organically in swirls of tints and hues, and dripped a multitude of colors over canvasses, sculptures and other objects. The optics of all the colors together, whether in a large-scale room installation or quietly streaked across a smaller painting, create a three-dimensional illusion. His process is an experiment in energy as well, as the colors are never planned or imagined prior to being painted.


WASSERSCHEIDE(DESIREALLPUTTOGETHER). Kunsthalle Nuernberg Germany, 2014.


WASSERSCHEIDE(DESIREALLPUTTOGETHER). Kunsthalle Nuernberg Germany, 2014.


Strom Festival, Cologne, Germany, 2013.


Strom Festival, Cologne, Germany, 2013.


Strom Festival, Cologne, Germany, 2013.


mofo, eight wallpaintings for Morrison Foerster, 2014.


mofo, eight wallpaintings for Morrison Foerster, 2014.


mofo, eight wallpaintings for Morrison Foerster, 2014.


EVERYBODYWILLBEDANCINGIFWE’REDOINGITRIGHT, Ameringer Mcenery Yohe Gallery, New York, 2014.

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