The districts of Bangkok are strung like beads along the Chao Phraya. Today, from up here on the 12th floor near the Rama 8 Bridge, it gleams like pure silver. Now, this morning, it is plunged in wonderful red light. This especially pale red that comes into being only in this moment in the morning fog burns itself indelibly into my memory.
“You cannot step into the same river twice...” The insight of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus is also true of our perception of colors today. We never see the same thing twice. Our brain always perceives mere portions of reality. All we see are mosaics of a never-ending river of events that flows through us; we piece it together again, constructing our own very personal world.
We human beings have the peculiarity of halting, holding, capturing parts of this river of perceptions because we are impressed by the aesthetics and because we need this selective memory to orient ourselves. We perceive more than we can consciously process and store in our brain. However, our very personal selection of sensory impressions is both a constraint and an incredible advantage, namely the possibility of acreative synthesis. When millions of people, at all times and in all parts of the world, construct their own, individually-perceived world, each person opens up a new world view, a new understanding of the world, a new possibility of seeing things.
Yet time and events flow onward like the Chao Phraya. When we human beings look at a river or the spectacles of light in the sky that impress us every morning and evening, our consciousness of colors arises mainly from the refraction of the light through the water.
The sunlight, refracted through drops of water in the air, makes the spectrum of colors appear. It captures our attention, is etched deeply in our collective memory. It creates an internal image within us that influences our feelings and conceptions. My aim is always to visualize this internal image, with its positive aesthetics, when I stand before an empty canvas, lean over it and begin to play with colors in pigments until I feel that I have given perfect form to this internal image of mine.
2005 Design for a light installation for the Deutsche Bahn AG
2004 - 2005 “Painting The New” Exhibition in the UBS Deutschland in the Häussler City Plaza Stuttgart, worked together with the UBS Deutschland, the Difa, Hewlett-Packard, the Häusssler-Gruppe and Max Mayer Urban Development
2004 1st “Sponsoringgipfel“ in Berlin panel discussion about sponsoring speaker on the podium with H.A. Schult and Prof. Jean - Christoph Ammann in the Stilwerk Berlin
2003 “Der Farbenkosmos des Hermann Valentin Schmitt” Exhibition in the Gallery from the Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg and in the Kreissparkasse Ludwigsburg, worked together with the gouvernment of the province Baden Württemberg
2003 Lectures in the PH Ludwigsburg: “Painting in the 21st century”
2002 Solo Exhibition in the Gallery “haarwerk”, Berlin
2001 lectures at the Silpakorn University, Art Department, Bangkok, Thailand: “Dimensions of Color”
2001 Solo exhibition in the Stadtarchiv Leipzig
2000 Solo exhibition in the museum “Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg”
2000 Solo exhibition, Berlin Pichelssee, worked together with the Otto-Brenner-Stiftung Berlin
1999 Joint exhibition “Türkis und Azur”, Schloss Wilhelmstal worked together with the University Gesamthochschule Kassel
Purchases by the Grassimuseum Leipzig, by the art collection of the Kreissparkasse Ludwigsburg and Private collectors