lives and works in Berlin
1980: was born in Hünfeld, Germany
2002-2007: He studied in Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
the art of reduction. The targeted abstraction of the visual excesses of
reality. At first sight, the work of Dennis
Scholl seems to contest such assertions. In his monochrome drawings, which
vary from small size to nearly monumental 280 x 200 cm, Scholl confronts the
observer with an "unsettling" delight in detail.
collage-like, hyper-real images seem anything but reduced, as one work can
bring together objects which seem to have nothing in common but the pictorial
space itself. He creates images which draw their strength out of the
inconsistent, the contingent and the secluded. Like emblems or icons, they
allow the observer to discern a possible meaning beyond the confusion they
provoke at first sight. But they reject a complete iconographic solution that
would degrade the images to mere illustrations; rather, they draw the observer
into a confusing game with wildly varying reference systems.