Lars Wunderlich: Noborderland
130 x 140 x 3.5 cm
Lars Wunderlich's painting "Noborderland" is a bold conceptual composition and "mise en abyme".
As usual with the painter, glitches and distorsions signal a time warp, a collision through eras but also signify that history can repeat itself. As a painter who grew up in East Germany, Wunderlich is particularly sensitive to the theme of the wall.
The white letters "39/60" at the bottom of the painting refer to the "Schießbefehl" or "order to fire" that East German border troops had to execute from 1960 to 1989 should someone tries to escape, an order carried on by the Roman Empire troops along the Barbarian border in the German limes 2000 years ago...(top right of the painting).
The painting also refers to the Palestine Wall, the East and West Germany borders (separated by a forest) and the Paris urban highway "Le Périphérique", the ultimate city border.
The painting itself is executed as a mural, painted on a prototype of a wall submitted for the Mexico-US border to Donald Trump.
About the artist
Lars Wunderlich (b. 1981 in Neubrandenburg, GDR) is a German post-graffiti artist, member of the 9-member street art crew « The Weird » (Nychos, Low Bros, DXTR, Vidam…) under the moniker « Look the Weird ».
Lars Wunderlich crafts and paints visual collages, replicates portraits generated by algorithms, and juxtaposes different time elements which generate collisions, distortions and glitches, to better highlight the unreal nature of those representations and the danger thereof.
His paintings bear some similarities with the « New Leipzig School », albeit with technology at the core, and aesthetics boosted by Artificial Intelligence and modern faux-semblants. They are representations of non-existing representations, real but fake, distorted, whether by time, space, speed, or truth. A perpetual collision of images.