Martin Werthmann is one of the most prominent artists of his generation worldwide to devote themselves to the genre of woodblock printing. His monumental colour woodblock prints on vast lengths of paper are captivating in their radically new use of forms as well as an aesthetic that puts the vague and the diffuse centre stage. Intuitively linked to this is the key question of space, which plays a significant role in the artist's oevre.
It is not the "classic" space created for perspective that is emphasised, but rather space as a sensuous experience in which human existence in all its facets finds expression. Werthmann sees his awe-inspiring woodblock prints as precisely constructed "spaces with no tangible contents", which allow the viewer an array of meaningful, sensuous experiences ant thus bring to mind their own humanity. Accordingly, he sees his prints less as pictures and more as installations, which constitute a genuine experience space into which the viewer is drawn deeper and deeper.
Exhibitions at HELDENREIZER
09/2019 - "Martin Werthmann - SILENCE", 12.-14.09.2019 in München
Born 1982 in Gießen
Based in Berlin
2004-2009 Studies of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg
2019 - Marcus Trautner (ed.): SILENCE - Martin Werthmann, Heldenreizer Contemporary 2019