See a time-lapse video of the installation here.
From June 16-22, 2014, artist Markus Linnenbrink worked on-site to create a vibrant, horizontally-striped 118-foot wall painting that has transformed the curved wall in the lobby of PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building.
The site-specific permanent installation, titled THERIDENEVERENDS, reaches from the welcome desk to the inside of PAFA’s museum store. Three PAFA students assisted Linnenbrink in creating the immersive installation.
Linnenbrink creates colorful, layered works of abstraction, experimenting with materials like pigment, wood, and resin. Of his work, Linnenbrink has said: “I try to create a space in which perception is experienced and in which it is possible to reflect on perception. An ultimately never-ending process is thus set in motion, and an essentially vital one. Invigorating this process in a very sensuous way is for me an incentive and motivation to preoccupy myself to such an extent with color. I’m interested in the viewer’s joyful encounter with himself.”
In his site-specific wall paintings, Linnenbrink layers acrylic and pigment in energetic stripes, embracing the natural viscosity of the materials and allowing the lines to drip and run into each other. His installations utilize the angles and dimensions of each space to create distinctive environments.
Born in Germany in 1961, Linnenbrink studied at the Gesamthochschule, Kassel, Germany, and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin. He has exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, and has been creating wall paintings since 2002 that have transformed museum, gallery, and private spaces, including the Hammer Museum; Pulse Art Fair; and Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery. His work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Mass.; Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, N.H.; Museum Neue Galerie, Germany; Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; among others. Linnenbrink lives and works in Brooklyn.