The Swiss artist Stephan Schmuki, born 1953 in Saõ Paulo, trained as a photographer before undergoing further training as a cameraman and director at the Swiss broadcasting company Schweizer Fernsehen SF DRS. After working for several years as a full-time director at Schweizer Fernsehen, he went freelance and undertook large-scale assignments including entertainment broadcasts, sitcoms, series, theatre recordings and documentaries on behalf of SF DRS, as well as the German broadcasting companies ARD and SWR. In his capacity as a theatre director he directed a number of successful comedies.
In contrast to his directing activities, however, his photographs only became accessible to the general public when, in spring 2014, he exhibited works from his "couleurs liquides" series at the Swiss gallery "im Tenn 20" in Muttenz.
The idea for "couleurs liquides" came to Stephan Schmuki when he was watching drops of paint gradually dissolving in a glass of water. This prompted Schmuki to undertake further experiments with a wide variety of receptacles and paints or dyes – he found that there were almost no limits to the interplay of colour and form. He now combines the different viscosities of liquids, their varied colours and the use of light in different ways, and records these short-lived interactions for posterity through his photos. The resulting images are a fascinating testimony to what can happen when we set aside the conventions of traditional photography.
Bilder © Stephan Schmuki
Galerie Im Tenn, CH-4132 Muttenz, 24 Januray - 2 February 2014
Spazi Aperti International Exhibition, Galleria d'Arte Mentana, Firenze, Italy, May 16 - June 8 2015
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