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Marcus Bering

German artist Marcus Bering studied art history, philosophy and graphic design in Germany and subsequently sculpture at the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts, Brussels (B). In 1987 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for the University of Missouri (USA)

Bering’s work, two and three dimensional, methodically explores the line. Like in all research, he is conducting both rigorous systematic analysis, as well as taking more instinctive decisions on which paths to follow and which to leave behind. He gives an important role to the physical sensations during the creative process: the conscious perception of touch and muscle tension itself; the effect of material characteristics on the process of form giving and the works extension in space. Depending on the work, these aspects take greater or lesser priority. In some cases the close physical senses become more important than the visual form. (…) His current production follows various possibilities of drawing. Beginning with the most minimal intervention possible, the point, continuing with the line (a moving point in space, as he defines it), he chooses to primarily work with the curving, organic line. Extremely methodical in his research, he imposes a basic principal, linked to physical perception. This can be a materializing of biological rhythms ( breathing, heartbeat, ...) or the testing of physical limits (to draw as fast as possible, until the muscles tense up and stop moving). Corresponding to this systematic approach, his drawings are executed in series, with standard paper size and drawing tools. (pencil on A4 paper) and most recently in large wall drawings. (…) Bering expands his research of line into the third dimension. His wire sculptures are lines in space, drawings that have taken on volume. (Véronique Linard)

Edition by Marcus Bering

Random Zero 2004

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