Organic forms dance on a dark background like flecks of light. Our eyes search for meaning in the abstraction, forming associations with other familiar images. Dappled sunlight on the wall of a room, an interstellar molecular cloud.
As nonchalant as the compositions of Magdalena Kreinecker’s etchings may seem, they are anything but random: they are the product of a meticulous formation process in which the analog and the digital go hand in hand. The connection between the copper printing plate and the photographic plate on which the incident light leaves its trace is not only established through their technical similarities, but also through the artist’s method.
Found motif fragments are scanned, distorted, and arranged before being exposed onto a screen. The screen is subsequently used to etch the image onto the printing plate with tree resin, when it is finally ready to be printed onto paper. This is not merely a time-consuming procedure: time is also materially inherent in its result. Time, in the sense of the duration of the etching, becomes the determining factor of the completed work.
aquatint etching on handmade paper, laminated on Alu-Dibond
56 x 39 cm
5 + 3 A.P.
signed, nummbered and dated on the back
2021Magdalena Kreinecker. Only Time, tart.vienna, project space Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Vienna ↗