They are collectors of objects that seem to come from every quarter and which our artists pick up in the course of various adventures and travels. By drawing the material of their artwork from this hoard, they reinvent life. Here their fantasy-rich motifs are the result of digital montage that interweaves views of their earlier shows with travel photos. Through these digital assemblages, Steiner & Lenzlinger transpose part of the magical atmosphere of their installations whilst bringing the collage process into the information age.
Grottenbilder are literally images of caves and the two artists play on this meaning. Mysterious underground cavities that are often illuminated nowadays by coloured lights in artificial tonalities, caves remain fertile ground for fantasies and legends. In the artists’ photographs the combination of dissimilar elements thus gives rise to a host of different visual suggestions: a biological phenomenon here, organs there, further on a mineral transformation or the teeming plenty of life.
Superimposed, recognisable figures are changed into extraordinary visions and generate all sorts of possible narratives whose common denominator seems to be the notion of fertility, that energy that makes the growth of all living forms possible. Between aerial networks and the twists and turns of nerves, a swirl of kaleidoscopic shapes dancing over the images acts like a catalyst of viewers’ dreams and imagination.