Berlin artist Johannes Mundinger paints Benkhauser Mill. The Benkhauser Mühle is localy recognized for its choose assortment of pet meals and gardening articles. The precise mill, which stands behind the property, is much less conspicuous. This modified final weekend, when Johannes Mundinger painted the southern façade with a typical mural, as a part of his undertaking Feldforschung.
Beneath this title he paints barns and buildings within the countryside, exhibiting his work in environments removed from established exhibition venues or massive cities, to convey some surprising views to the guests. Within the motifs, he takes up the tales of residents or the house owners and what he learns in regards to the constructing and setting, about its use and performance through the occasions.
A mural usually takes up a whole home façade. Johannes Mundinger additionally likes to make use of the whole floor of a façade, in order that his summary works can typically be 10 to fifteen metres excessive, as for instance on the Artwork House ATEA in Mexico Metropolis or the mural on the Neulpureun Faculty in Yeoju in South Korea.
The artist didn’t should go fairly that top this time, however a scaffold was nonetheless wanted to color the seven-metre-high mill wall. The artist, who lives in Berlin, had already carried out some analysis on the mill beforehand. A typical strategy for him is to include the historical past and performance of a constructing into his work. To study extra in regards to the Benkhauser Mühle, Johannes Mundinger had an extended discuss with senior supervisor Marlis Meyer, who might inform loads in regards to the historical past of the mill.
She instructed how the mill was truly first powered by the stream Flöte, which flows instantly alongside the property, and was solely later expanded by wind energy. The 2 ponds during which the water was dammed have been additionally used to make ice. These ice blocks have been delivered by horse-drawn carts to the native brewery, the place they have been used for cooling, Marlis Meyer recounted. In case you look carefully on the newly created mural, you possibly can spot the 2 mill ponds within the image. The wing that broke off the mill within the early twentieth century has additionally discovered its manner into the composition of the image, Johannes Mundinger continued. In his conversations with Marlis Meyer, Johannes Mundinger discovered about many thrilling tales in regards to the mill, a few of which the senior supervisor illustrated with newspaper articles that she retains in a small newspaper archive. These tales then move consciously or unconsciously into the portray within the means of portray.
As additional inspiration, Johannes Mundinger checked out microscopic images of wheat flour and integrated these views into the composition. Right here, Johannes Mundinger has indifferent himself from the sensible picture; color and plasticity are not noted and are usually not depicted.
Abstraction and omission and even overpainting are a necessary a part of Mundinger’s artwork. Figurative representations are fairly uncommon right here. It’s extra a matter of capturing the essence of one thing after which depicting solely the necessities. The play with ranges, surfaces and types additionally takes up quite a lot of house. Surfaces are sometimes superimposed and juxtaposed to create abstractions, but additionally spatial depth.
The undertaking was funded by Kreis Minden-Lübbecke with materials help of Sure and Productions, Berlin.
Credit: Eva Rahe @eva_rahe