Simon Goritschnig

studied Garphics and Printmaking in the class of Jan Svenungsson and graduated in 2015. His artistic practice is driven by a desire to learn about humanity's relationship towards nature and the role that art plays in understanding one's position the world. He works in a studio in the 5th district, sharing a house with other artists and creatives.
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Studio View

Crayon on wood
Entanglement is a series of drawings that focus on a fictional view of nature. Every drawing has it’s own ruels and follows different natural laws and physics. A world with totally different attributes takes shape in every drawing and - like in nature - every part relies upon the existence of an- other. Because nature seems to be working out of random circumstances, only adapting to it’s surroundings, I try to create shapes and objects spontaniously, later shading them accordingly to fake natural physical properties, like weight, surface tension or re ectivity. In a way it is a reflection about the qualities and possibilities of a drawing: on the edge between guration and abstraction, question- ing the world we create from the visual input we gather and the interpretations we make.

Charcoal on canvas
Using a projector I am tracing parts of my drawing to combine the strict aesthetics of computer generated graphics with my own very spontaneous drawing style, thus creating a complex composition of abstract and gurative de- pictions of networks.
The whole project is based on a very rare phenomenon in tree-growth: Near the French city of Reims, there is the biggest European forest of “Dwarf beeches”, called Faux de Verzy. This tree is a form of beech tree, that grows in all kinds of different ways, but never straight upwards. Therefore it seems to consist solely of roots, reaching up from the ground. It is therefore unusable by human industry, which might be both positive and negative, considering the chances of it’s survival.

Ink on paper
The series Pattern Recognition re ects upon the over- whelming complexitiy of the cosmos and searches for the common denominators and visual phenoma in processes like cell devision, plant-growth or brain activity. The works are compositions and collages, but also research pools. They combine both analogue ink drawing and digital printmaking, done with vertical pen plotter, and aim for a visual complexity that brings together a scientific interest for nature as well as technical arti ciality.
Pattern Recognition is about making sense of what we see and about the rules we create, based on the observations that we make. It’s about being curious in every moment and therefore about the essence of what makes us a human.

All images (c) Simon Goritschnig
Portrait (c) Klemens Kohlweiß