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Arno Beck

August 2, 2019 • Text by Anna Meinecke

Arno Beck invented the best place in the world on Instagram; he paints what looks like digital using analogue. Somehow retro and yet completely devoid of nostalgia. The Bonn artist speaks to gallerytalk.net about the appeal of coarse-pixel computer graphics and the Frankfurt train station district.

Installation View: "Crystal Math", Schierke Seinecke Gallery Frankfurt. Photo: Frank Blümler.

gallerytalk.net: Can you smoke crystal math?
Arno Beck: I can't recommend it ... What I would recommend, however, is to see my exhibition with the same title in the Schierke Seinecke Gallery in Frankfurt - it will run until August 31st.

The title of the exhibition fits perfectly into the Frankfurt train station district. Do you feel comfortable there?
The infamous Frankfurt Bahnhofsviertel is a kind of accessible darknet. Of course, my work feels at home there.

Actually, everyone goes to Berlin. After completing your studies, you returned to Bonn, where you were born. What's so niceön there?
The periphery is the new center today. I believe that the internet and social media allow you to act more globally without having to be physically there. That's why the Berlin question is out of date for me. I am not really tied to a specific location and Bonn is just the center of my life where I set up my command center.

Arno Beck, photo: Falko Alexander.

According to Instagram, in the Godesberg district you can find “Pizza internet". Your very own geotag?
“Pizza Internet” just sounds seductively trashy and that's where I like to settle with my work. I always go there to upload pictures to Instagram because they have free wifi and pizza. A pure feel-good atmosphere, which offers an excellent fertile breeding ground for my work.

Although digital ÄAesthetics play a decisive role in your work, you are not working on the computer. Would you like to tell a little how the station wagon came about?
I see myself as a painter and as such I depict what surrounds me, fascinates and has shaped me. My artistic work is driven by the need to make digital imagery tangible and - in the literal sense - to get hold of them. Hence the transfer of what has arisen on the screen into physical space.

How are your works created?
In the first step on the computer, I look for suitable analog translation methods to transfer what is represented into physical space. I have just completed a series of large format drawings in which I translate pixel graphics into line drawings. For me, it's about the interplay between the digital and the handmade, which permeates each other.

Installation View: "Crystal Math", Schierke Seinecke Gallery Frankfurt. Photo: Frank Blümler.

Whoever grows up today becomes more digital with it Äaesthetics combine other elements. Why do you stick with mouse arrows and pixel optics à la 2000s turn of all times?
My work should not be misunderstood as nostalgia. It's not just an early digital aesthetic that I dealt with. Elements from current digital worlds find their way into my pictures. What interests me about the coarse-pixel, early computer graphics, on the other hand, is that they do not imitate reality, but stand for themselves and can be identified as digital “in themselves”. For me it has a much greater intrinsic value than the almost real imitations of today.

Is there actually the danger that too many artists work their way through the whole internet box?
The internet box is quite large and spacious. There is plenty of room in it.

Installation View: "Crystal Math", Schierke Seinecke Gallery Frankfurt. Photo: Frank Blümler.

Does Instagram make art as an experience better, more accessible or maybe just ruined?
I don't think broken, definitely more achievable! I think for many people fear of the threshold does not even arise when they can consume art at home via Instagram and do not have to enter a gallery or museum. Since Instagram is very limited in its perception, it doesn't make the art experience any better. For me, the live experience remains a primary component of art reception. Only this enables the perception of surface structures and dimensions in space. As an artist, I see Instagram primarily as a tool to multiply myself and my work in the world and to achieve an impact regardless of location.

Arno Beck's exhibition “Crystal Math” can be seen until August 31 at the Schierke Seinecke Gallery in Frankfurt am Main. If you like, check out his casual website or follow him on Instagram.

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