ROBIN MERKISCH

BEGINNING IN 2000, ROBIN MERKISCH STARTED HIS SERIES OF CONTAINER WORKS WHICH WERE FINISHED IN 2002. WITHIN THIS BODY OF WORK, HE DEALT WITH REPRESENTING OBJECTS AND MACHINES THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY. THE TITLE »FUNCTIONAL SYSTEMS AND OPERATIVE UNITS« WAS A WORKING TITLE FOR HIS SERIES OF IMAGES. THE FUNCTION OF EACH OBJECT VARIES FROM DNA ANALYSIS TO ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS TO COMPUTER COMPONENTS AND DATA BANKS.

THE IMAGES DEPICT THE EXTERIOR FORM, THE OUTER SURFACE, WHICH HIDES THE FUNCTIONAL INSIDES. BECAUSE OF THE MISSING SCALE, IT BECOMES DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE THE SIZE AND THE FUNCTION OF THE ORIGINAL OBJECTS. THE MISSING SCALE AND THE MISSING CONTEXT FORCES THE SPECTATOR TO MAKE THE COMPARISON WITH OBJECTS THEY ARE ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH - LOOKING FOR LINKS AND FORMAL REFERENCES WITHIN THE ARCHIVE OF ONE’S MEMORY.  WITH THIS PROCESS THE IMAGE IS DISCONNECTED FROM THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTED OBJECT AND ENTERS AN AREA SOMEWHERE BETWEEN A SKETCH, A MODEL OR A SCULPTURAL FORM. THE »BLACK BOX«, DISCONNECTED FROM ITS FUNCTIONAL SURROUNDINGS, BECOMES A SCULPTURE.

IN 2000, HE ALSO TOOK THE FIRST PICTURES OF HIS TRANSFORMER PIECES - WHICH WERE FINISHED IN 2003. ALL PHOTOGRAPHED OBJECTS  FROM THIS SERIES ARE LOCATED IN ONTARIO, CANADA. THEIR SURROUNDING AREAS ARE STILL VISIBLE, LIKE PHOTOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTS OF SCULPTURES IN A PARK.

ROBIN MERKISCH STARTED IN1996 TO FOCUS ON INDUSTRIAL OBJECTS. HE UNDERSTANDS HIS WORK AS A DISCUSSION AND QUESTIONING OF THE GROWING DISCONNECTION BETWEEN THE USER  AND THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE MACHINE’S FUNCTIONAL PROCESS. WITHIN THE WORK HE MANAGED TO PROVIDE A FREE AREA TO ENABLE THE SPECTATOR TO SEE THE IMAGES EITHER AS A MACHINE SURFACE, ARCHITECTURE, ANIMATION OR ABSTRACT MATERIALIZED FORM.

IN 2003 HE ALSO TOOK THE FIRST PICTURES OF THE WOODLAND PIECES, POTENTIAL OR POSSIBLE PLACES FOR SCULPTURES. THEY ARE COMBINED WITH MODELS OF SCULPTURES IN THE EXHIBITION. THE SPECTATOR STARTS TO CONNECT THE IMAGES AND OBJECTS TO ONE IMAGINABLE PIECE.

THE IMAGES OF THE MODELS FOR CONCRETE SCULPTURES  (BU/01-05)  ARE AN APPROACH TO DEVELOPE BASIC FORMS, WHICH SHOULD BE OPTIMIZED ON AND FOR THE LOCATION.  A NATURAL SURROUNDING (PARK, FOREST, FIELD) WOULD BE AN IDEAL LANDSCAPE FOR CREATING A SCULPTURE AT A SELECTED AND AUTHORIZED PLACE. (MODEL SIZE: 0.3 X 0.4 X 0.1/ ROUGH DIMENSION FOR CONCRETE SCULPTURE: 1.5D X 2.0W X 0.5H METER)