Borderland (Afterimage), 2014
C-Print, Mounted to Perspex
150 x 280 cm
Artists Anonymous’ work develops from painting and includes different techniques. In their installations and exhibitions they bring together classical oil painting with punk, kitsch and photography. Shifting easily and confidently between different genres, they playfully refer to both the traditional craftsmanship and art theory. With their anonymity they consciously choose to separate the artist’s name from the viewer’s art experience, although they themselves can be present as models in their work.
As all of Artists Anonymous’ paintings even these portraits are painted in an inverted color scale, like a photographic negative. Most often, there is a positive afterimage of every work, creating a diptych together with the painting. In their interaction, the two parts investigate the question of the “real” image.
Artists Anonymous were fictitiously founded on September 11, 2001, and live in Berlin and London. They are working in different techniques, especially painting, photography and installation and have had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in both Europe and the USA. Their work has been presented in major art institutions such as the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Kunstverein Bregenz (Austria), Haus der Kunst in Munich, Domus Artium da2 in Salamanca (Spain), Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt (Germany) and others.