In light of new media as a result of the ongoing process of digitalization and our permanently changing living environment painting may appear as an obsolete, a bit old-fashioned genre. The ‘end of painting’ has been repeatedly prophesied since Marcel Duchamp – but in vain. Painting draws its constant topicality from its potential to create entire worlds out of nothing (ex nihilo) – or at least with very few means. These means, however, are constantly evolving, just as the depicted subjects/themes addressed by the artists. This notion is instinctively expressed at a glance in the works of Marc von der Hocht that combine an industrial appeal with a methodology borrowed from ... conceptual art.
Dr. Frank Schmidt, Director of the Museums Böttcherstraße in Bremen, excerpt from his text “Raumkonstrukte” in the catalogue accompanying the artist’s solo-exhibition in the City Museum of Oldenburg, after having received the award/1st prize for painting in 2016 from the Kulturstiftung (Cultural Foundation) der Öffentlichen Versicherungen Oldenburg