The work of Stefan Reiss is a research into the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, projection and performance. By developing specific works for different mediums he unfolds a complexity of contextual relations, materials and practices, tracing back to the basis of all his works: the straight line.
"For more than six years I have been focussing on my huge archive of digital drawings, developing complex transformations leading into numerous art works. Starting with mind-maps and mementos with an architectural background, I soon reduced my compositions to minimal, constructivist drawings and paintings, followed by serial installations with optional video projections and minimal sculptures.
In my work I am concerned with the artistic use of the digital-analog transformation processes. The foundation of my work are drawings, generated and composed on a tablet and computer. Many steps of digital analog transformations are necessary to help the tablet drawings reach their final form - such as paintings, spatial arrangements or tangible video installations. Materiality, haptics, aberration, imprecision and comprehensibility are given back to these digital units through large-format prints, stencil techniques and oil paint, three-dimensional steel sticks, wooden beams and boards with all-over video projections. A real materiality is passed back to these virtual data les with all the substantial characteristics becoming visible in this transforming process.“
Stefan Reiss studied fine arts / sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and attended the masterclass at Inge Mahn and Berndt Wilde.
Stefan Reiss is member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.
He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
2000 For example Otterwisch, Installation, Drawings
2002 In 37 Rooms Class of Prof. Renate Herter Installation, Videoinstallation Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria
2003 European Media Art Festival Osnabrück 2003 „Eingrenzung, Ausgrenzung, Abgrenzung“ Videoinstallation Osnabrück
2004 Cambio, Wechsel, Change“Groupshow (Diploma of the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee) Installation, Videoinstallation Münzstr, Berlin
2007 Tristesse Videoinstallation Galerie Tristesse Deluxe, Berlin
2013 HiRes! Kitchen Project Untitled 348 Installation HiRes! London
2013 Autocenter Art Summer Academy Class-Ned Vena Untitled 410 Installation Autocenter, Berlin
2014 L‘espace de l‘espèce X curated by Kerstin Godschalk (Untitled 468, 498, 501, 513“ Painting, Installation) Kunstfabrik HB55, Berlin
2014 Art Spin Berlin curated by Vanessa Brazeau „Untitled 563“ Painting, Installation Kunstfabrik HB55, Berlin
2014 Beyond the Abstract and the Concrete curated by Kerstin Godschalk „Untitled 592“ Painting, Installation Kunstfabrik HB55, Berlin