Gottfried Roemer creates dynamic compositions that he calls Painto, a synthesis of the words and processes of painting and photography. After five years spent developing and refining the technique, Roemer is able to manipulate his camera, using movement during the exposure process, to create impressionistic photographs. Architectural images, seascapes and nude portraits are all captured in the artist’s signature style, resulting in pictures that shift the forms of reality, thrusting structures and contours into a state of dissolution. The artist renounces straight depictions, instead choosing to interpret such diverse locations as New York, Cape Cod, Berlin, Sylt, The Hamptons, Hamburg, Rome and Venice through his highly subjective process of painting with light, using his camera as a brush.
Key in Roemer’s Painto-photography is the perception of the viewer, who is actively encouraged to use their own imagination to further deconstruct or reassemble the images at hand. The pictures are shaped and seen based on perception, and thus entirely contingent upon the sense of sight and process of being seen. A strong tension between reality and imagination materializes, imbuing the viewer with agency and control to make their own image and create their own freedoms. In this highly individual process, the boundaries between seeing and being become blurred.
Exhibitions in Berlin, Sylt, Hamburg, Cologne, New York, Miami, Florence.
At the Florence Biennale in October 2019 Gottfried Roemer became awarded artist as photographer.
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