Stefan Saalfeld’s works are inspired by classical painting and the possibilities of digital technology. Familiar works are split into their component parts at the computer, then taken to pieces and reassembled as multilayered models. This process lays bare contour and form and dissolves structure and context, only to ultimately allow these elements to reform in new combinations.
The selected elements can be transformed and alienated by creative use of modern photo editing programmes, and then combined to form complex image narratives. Fascinating compositions are made from layer upon layer of geometric patterns, textures and psyched- elic abstractions. What appeared to be fixed forms lose their boundaries in these pictures and become part of all-encompassing structures, processes and contexts.
The computer generated aesthetic is surprisingly sensuous and nuanced. The addition of soft painted effects and illusionistic devices make for a unique mixture. Works can be com- posed of up to forty layers placed one over another. The creative process allows for maxi- mum precision, right down to the tiniest detail. Saalfeld aims for his works to have a dual receptivity: from a normal viewing distance, the overarching idea of the picture and the composition is visible. A close-up view reveals an astonishing amount of detail.
Saalfeld creates his works in series, allowing him to explore the themes he has chosen in great detail.