As man stands disconnected with the world around him, a sense of chaos envelops the body, mind and spirit. While it is easy to be lost in the chaos all around and within the self, one could make an effort to look upwards and reach out to the skies in order to feel connected within the chaos. Sky is man’s final domain, which is yet to be conquered. If one looks into the space above, into the skies, there are chances one feels less chaotic within and less affected by the chaos outside and help one stand on the ground, with a sense of sanity and connection between the basic and thee final domains, earth and the sky.
Marc Schmitz‘s ‘Spaces for Open Minds’ are a series of sculptures which use the human body to make sense of these fundamental connections between the self, what is around the self, and the two domains. The sculptures are designed like a funnel which eliminates the chaos of every day life while being receptive to the calm and peace as showered by the skies. The calmness and stability so achieved may finally help the human wearer to connect to the life around him, eventually bridging gaps between the Skies, Self and Earth. In fact, the sculptures were designed for the visual domain, as a representation of the self.
The sculptures could be an abstract representation of human mind seeking answers while looking up into the space, seeking answers from the constellations and planets. These answers may come in the form of peace, solitude, isolation from chaos and a sense of belongingness to the same protective chaos, while dissociating from the unwanted. He also experiments with the idea of Self Sensory Systems, which explores around the idea of human body being used to understand perceptions, orientations and knowledge systems.
The sculptures also seem to question the efficacy and necessity of the society as humans understand it. Does society cut humans off from the Self and from the Nature? Does the Society create chaos within the mind? If so, would maintaining a nonchalant and aloof attitude towards the society while seeking comfort from empty space and vacuum be the way to live? The idea perhaps is to stay disconnected and connected at the same time, while taking in the calm and freedom of space while knowing you are securely anchored to a chaotic but necessary society.
Marc Schmitz is a German artist based in Berlin and works with conceptual art installations, painting and other forms of expression. He seeks to find art within the body of knowledge that humans have created for themselves and the limitless space. Marc Schmitz studied at various Universities in Hanover, Munich and Berlin. He won the Prize of the Jury for realization of work, 10th Int Cairo Biennale. He received the first prize at the ART FOR EXPO 2000.
Apart from these awards, he has received grants and scholarships from Agnes Straub/ Käthe Dörsch Foundation, Konrad-Adenauer- Foundation and Internationaler Kulturaustausch, Berlin. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions all across the world. The ongoing Spaces project has taken him to Shanghai, Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, and his home country of Germany. ‘Change your Life‘ is Marc Schmitz’s ongoing International project which examines how issues of speech and hope are represented.
Marc’s paintings are less easy on the eye and the one who faces his paintings may be left in the dark, as one reviewer pointed. The almost monochrome character of his painting reveal a multiplicity of colours at a closer look. Marc’s La Divina Commedia is a series of paintings inspired by Dante. The paintings have no narration, nor any information, but dwell upon issues related to space, time, creation and the infinite.
Lack of any mimesis in his paintings may prove it difficult for people to understand what the paintings are about, but the same monochrome and polychrome colours reveal the possibilities that Universe provides with. The stark and naked colours leave the viewer with a haunted ‘watched over’ feeling which lingers on. Marc rarely titles his paintings. Transcending chaos, connecting with the infinite while anchoring oneself at the finite seems to be central to Marc Schimtz’s sculptures and paintings.
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