Thomas Bayrle | the artist




The artist Thomas Bayrle
Born 1937, Berlin, Germany.
Lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.

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“I consider the relationship between individual and collective community the same as that between dot and grid… Analogue to the cell which is the basic construction element of the body…From the beginning on, my work has been focused on going through all the varieties of the relation between individual and mass…in the sense of a grouping that is organic to both realities.”
Thomas Bayrle has been pursuing the concept of developing ‘superstructures’ from encapsulated image patterns since the 1960s. He uses it for drawings, photocopy-montages or film animations, at first needing to work painstakingly by hand…
Bayrle’s work with printmaking, photo-collage and design has been called ‘Piranesi-esque’ with its complex, micro/macro patterning that generates a kind of visual synecdoche…
“I consider the relationship between individual and collective community the same as that between dot and grid… Analogue to the cell which is the basic construction element of the body…From the beginning on, my work has been focused on going through all the varieties of the relation between individual and mass…in the sense of a grouping that is organic to both realities.”

Using a highly diverse range of mediums including prints on paper, models, sculptures and films, the work of Thomas Bayrle interprets a theory into images portraying the difference between receiving and consuming an image. From Mao to La Vaca que Ríe and including motorways, airports, telephones and food cans, anything can become a versatile material with possibilities of appearing in a thousand different ways in his graphic artwork, his collages, or in one of his many films. The relationship between industrial reproduction and an insatiable, somewhat mystical, repetitive vibration appears in the work as a method of the real as a resource with which to explore our relationship with tradition, with what we already know, while at the same time producing the possibility of error, the fortuitous, all that, strangely, escapes the desire for everything to stay the same as before, entropically…


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