Marcel Odenbach

Galerie Ascan Crone

Video art has undergone a fundamental change during the last couple of years, with video artists trying more and more to translate traditional fine arts media into video, to imitate drawing, painting, and photography using the flickering language of video imagery. In the case of Marcel Odenbach this change can be seen both in his videos and in his growing preoccupation with drawing. Although he incorporated drawings into his video works of the mid ’70s, the relationship of the two media in his work since 1981 has been somewhat different. The drawings, which originally began as sketches for his videos—those rapid sequences of images that together form a sharp analysis of his environment, a nostalgic recollection of his childhood, and a bitter investigation of his parents’ generation—have become autonomous works, large paintings executed in latex paint, pencil, and collage on paper. These

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