My name is Marco Reichert. I'm a painter. I was born Berlin. I studied art here and I still live and work in Berlin. I see myself as a process-based painter, the material itself is the protagonist of my works. I love to surprise myself. The galleries, I'm represented by are Benoni Gallery in Copenhagen and RIBOT Gallery in Milano.
PIECE WITH ARTIST
MARCH 09, 2021. BERLIN. GERMANY.
Tell us your story, how did you come to painting?
Painting, but especially drawing has always been important in my life. I started airbrushing with 12, became interested in graffiti as a teenager, had intensive art courses at school and so on, but after school decided to study computer science before I went to art school. For years I actually thought I wasted my time by studying computer science but today I can combine the knowledge from both departments very well.
How would you define your current painting?
In my paintings I like to create different surfaces and structures. I combine and play with a lot of different materials. In my recent paintings I discovered a way to metalize the canvas in a chemical way, which leads to chrome and mirror-like parts but also to actual rust and oxidation. I always like to use actual materials and play with their own quality instead of simulating them.
Tell us about your style and technique. Any secret that can be told?
Within the last eight years I started to develop, build and program machines that became part of my painting routine. The first mechanical device I used to paint with was a remote-control car with a pen attached. From there, the idea grew, developed and is still an important thing to me. The devices became bigger and more sophisticated but due to the fact that I build them by myself they still produce a lot of unpredictable things, which I wouldn't call errors because they are often the most beautiful parts.
The machines provide the opportunity to make the preparations, applied materials and preceding painting on the canvas, visible.
How do you usually start your paintings? With a sketch, a draft or is it just an improvisation?
Most of the time I have a vague idea in my head, it's more like a mood or feelings about colors, the composition and the shape itself, something that would be very hard to draw.
What are your motivation forces? And the artists who have been and are an influence for you? My biggest influences mostly don't come from visual art. The inspiration with the highest impact comes from nature. Structures and surfaces, I find outside on walks in the woods for example. I always take photos and make 3D scans which I use to prepare my artworks. I'm also very much in love with digital glitch and noise.
What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it?
My studio is a former store and workshop for Windows. Its layout gave me the opportunity to have different rooms for different actions . There's the actual painting room, a room for the machines, another room for mixing the paint and stretching the canvases and finally one pretty clean and white-cubish showroom.
What is art for you?
It's hard to say. It's bit like a body part or organ which has always been there and you depend on, without thinking about, but it would make life much harder or even impossible to survive without.