Gerwald Rockenschaub. Funky Minimal.
In contrast to radical Minimal Art, Gerwald Rockenschaub has never distanced himself from popular culture, but has continually sought a cross-over between art, design, media and everyday life. He freed the minimalist concept from its rigid rules and created an individual “funky minimalistic” style.
Paintings, wall objects, sculptures, installations, video art… Gerwald Rockenschaub is also inspired by the techno and electronic scene – and also works as an internationally successful DJ. He regards art and music as a fruitful symbiosis. His early Neo-Geo style paintings have the exact format of LP covers.
re-entry (third ear edit)
Gerwald Rockenschaub’s “re- entry (third ear edit)” exhibition runs until 14 October 2017
at the Goetz Collection in Munich.
Interview with Gerwald Rockenschaub:
You not only work as an artist, you were also a DJ for a long time…
Gerwald Rockenschaub: Music has always been very important to me. I played guitar in a New Wave band at the beginning of the 1980s, then I started DJing in the late 1980s and ran a club in Vienna with a partner from 1995 to 2001. I’m not that interested in DJing that much nowadays, but I compose my own tracks on my laptop and controllers (keyboard etc.), which I really enjoy and which I publish on Soundcloud every now and then.
You think like a composer?
When I create a picture, object, sculpture or plan an exhibition I do so in the same way as when I compose a piece of music, i.e. I think very musically. Choreography, dramaturgy, rhythmics, etc. always play a key role when I start to develop an idea for an exhibition.
Installation view Goetz Collection 04/05 - 14/10/2017
Gerwald Rockenschaub, Courtesy of the Goetz Collection, Munich
Photo: Thomas Dashuber, Munich