Marcus Schatz is a Tyrolean artist whose influences include his love for nature, its impressions and naturally evolved structures. His firm eye penetrates the surface, grasps the details and identifies the essentials. His cut-outs deliver deep insights which give the beholder the opportunity to guess, feel or perhaps even understand the origins.
His works were created under the impressions of scenic experiences. As he focuses and projects them, he is able to tap the full potential of sense perception from the interplay of surface and space & light and shades. He retrieves real experiences, takes them from their regular environment and stylishly puts them into a new context.
The reduction to the essential, his eye for details and the play with light and darkness create varying atmospheres which he unerringly captures on film in order to show them clear and structured to the beholder.
He often sees the processing of his impressions less as a realization in the language of art, but more as a playful approach to light and color, shape and space. This playfulness is also represented in the artist’s exhibits.
The artist attributes an especially high significance to the visible details in his works. Whether he portrays lichen on a stone, follows beetle traces or investigates bark structures through his lens – it is important to him to preserve the liveliness of the material, of the origin. Through the use of additional mediums such as blind embossing and serigraphy as well as their interaction with different materials, he provides the beholder with a three-dimensionality which aims to convey – regardless of angle and perspective – a feeling for the origin of the individual works.
“I am fascinated by how the perspectives in a finished piece of work are shifting. Are they being stopped by a crack, are they moving in different directions, are they floating above a surface – you can move for- and backward, open or block the view.” Marcus Schatz
born 1964 in Roppen/Tyrol
trained as a technician for machine tools, later as a constructor for machine-building,
since 1996 freelance artist | lives and works in Imst Atelier – Sonnenberg www.marcusschatz.com