REGGIE VOIGTLÄNDER

Reggie Voigtländer

multidisciplinary artist

I consider myself to be a critical artist. With my work, I question general assumptions and investigate universal aspects in relation to human existence and our (in)comprehension about it.

Multidisciplinary

As a multi disciplinary artist I operate in several fields. My work becomes concrete through sculptural installations, small objects, photography, performance art, often site or event specific. Also (digital) video/audio and fine art prints.

photo: Exhibiton '40 Titles', Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China, 2014

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After graduating in the directions of painting, drawing and graphic art, I soon felt the need to work outside framed borders. This resulted in(interactive) installations and environments.

Critical

Personal experiences have led to a critical attitude and a search for alternative ways of life, which rejects participation or submission to destructive ruling and power structures. My art practice is a way to resist. I use my creativity as a commitment to generate awareness regarding universal aspects of human existence and possible understanding and misunderstanding about this. Both for myself and in relation to the other.

Process

I believe in diversity and xenogamy. The media I use are related to interactions I seek with my surrounding and activities that I'm engaging in. Everything we know is interconnected yet not always perceived as such. On the one hand I like to keep some distance between individual works, let them be what they are within their own 'constellation'. On the other hand I want to emphasise on relationship. Therefor the work is developed towards situations of multiplicity, sometimes as (total) installations or environments.

Nature

An important part of the creation of the work is that I like to maintain a close relationship with nature, which among other things, is expressed by presence of or references to 'landscape' or things therefrom. This in conjunction with everyday life. I often use elements that refer to human presence or absence, such as furniture but also (personal) moments captured by video and photography.

Action & Immateriality

This basic attitude regularly translates into 'presence' combined with certain 'actions', taking place within a certain space or setting, including public space. The passer-by can exercise influence or not. Or is invited to participate and contribute. Sometimes it also takes place within the personal realm, leading to photographic work, or video (installations).

Versatility

I permit myself an extensive versatility, which allows me to switch from one medium to another easily. It is a way of opening up and expand to create opportunity, understanding and transformation. The various elements are processed in so-called 'total installations' existing of different 'sub-installations'. Their relationship is often expressed through landscape-oriented artistic language. Installations within are often also composed of different, separately understandable sub-elements. I welcome external influences as part of the process such as the use of gravity and light, which in essence is a visible part of the work itself.