Moments of Silence
Berlin based artist Martin Werthmann (1982, DE) studied from 2004 to 2009 at the Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg with Andreas Slominski. Werthmann’s oeuvre is divided into two main categories; his pictorial works, which are typically large-scale monotypic woodblock prints and his installation works. Werthmann creates images and physical experiences that invite new ways to see and think about the world.
On the surface, Werthmann’s works are an aesthetically engaging series of patterns and textures, yet with more investigation the images under the surface reveal a tension and subtle melancholy. The motifs and patterns in his prints are created from found images of tragic events such as car accidents and explosions juxtaposed with mundane elements like picturesque landscapes and water surfaces. Aside from the pure aesthetic interest, he is drawn to photos of catastrophic events because they represent moments that break daily routines and disrupt society.