Virtual Sculpture No. 4 (Tree Trunk Arosa)
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Sculpture No. 4 (Tree Trunk Arosa) displays an exact 3D scan of a tree trunk from a forest in Arosa, Graubünden, Switzerland with the coordinates 46°46'13.5"N 9°39'06.9"E.
The work combines a "real" tree trunk that is actually present in the physical world, with virtual, disembodied objects. A tension arises that extends from the haptic, biological nature into the disembodied, virtual reality.
The colors of the analog brush marks on the rotating object is a reference to the expressionistic color world of painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, who has repeatedly devoted himself to the Graubünden landscape. Just as there are never two identical things in nature, this work is also limited to one copy only and, like the tree trunk in Arosa, therefore remains unique.
Jonas Baumann (*1983) belongs to the first generation of artists, who made their earliest steps on digital and analog playgrounds at the same time. With his work he fathoms the gap between the tactile, analog artwork and the disembodied techno-images behind the smooth glass of our computer screens.
Jonas Baumann graduated from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Illustration in Lucerne in 2010 with a Master of Arts in Design. His videoclip for Klaus Johann Grobe’s “Discogedanken”, released in August 2018, was selected for "Best Animated Music Videos" at the 26th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2019. His work was recently exhibited in group exhibitions such as “P2P” by Hermann Germann Conspirators (2018), “Die Form des Klangs” at HeK Basel (2018), and “OOO Object Oriented Ontology” at Kunsthalle Basel (2017).