The Exhibition

The exhibition bundles all aspects of the filmic documentation, the photographs, and selected texts of the artist, to a unique snap-shot.

The central element is the video-diptych / triptych - two/three films of the individual parts of the classical portrait are presented - while communicating with one another at the same time. Surrounded by photographs, printed statements and audio-islands, the viewer finds himself inside, and not outside the portrait.

As a result of the sensitive application of cut and sound, which carries the viewers glance from one screen to another, the visitor intensively experiences the personality of the person shown. In a non-staged view of the artistic life-style private aspects become perceptible, which seldom find space in conventional biographies, however, in their directness are suitable to communicate the importance regarding the fascinating presence of the outstanding art production.

Gerald Y Plattner's dynamic black and white photographs, taken in temporary stages and the extensively printed statements made by the artist shown, document the artist in his surroundings.

Through simultaneity of various techniques, video, audio, photography and print, a multimedia work of art, which to date has not been put into practice, emerges - the panel becomes a multimedia space.

The Film Series - TV

The fusion of diptych / triptych and black and white photographs results in the TV-portrait.

With this series, the film maker and artist Ferdinand 'Marshall' Karl and the photographer Gerald Y Plattner have realized an entirely new type of filmic portrait:
They approach their artist colleagues with both documentary, and artistic interest, and aim to find an image as authentic as possible.

Moreover, deliberate unobtrusiveness regarding technical and stylistic effort corresponds with the endeavour of being authentic. In the classical sense, there is no script and no stage direction. Not only the interview structure commonly used in documentaries, is refrained from, but also the interviewer himself.
The shooting takes place at locations chosen by the artists; in their studios, their dwellings or in their preferred surroundings. In order to catch the specific atmosphere of the ambience as accurately as possible, given light fixtures at the particular set, as well as original sound are applied wherever possible. Also the camera is very low-key, keeping a clear, static distance to the actors during the documentation of their artistic work-process, which makes it possible to perceive the artist embedded in the entirety of his statements.

In the synopsis of the individual components of the [Multimedia Portrait]s, these components give an insight into the diversity and the uniqueness of artist biographies and are joined together to a differentiated historical picture, to a cultural legacy.

The DVD-Edition

The DVD-Edition consists of the TV-documentary which is of overlenght, the portrait, which lasts up to 80 minutes and the portfolio, which comes in a 'handy' version.
The DVD-cassette contains a booklet with black and white photographs and selected statements of the portrayed artist. The buyer can purchase an original barite print from the series of photographs at a special price payable by coupon.

The viewer receives an extended insight into the works of the portrayed, 30 - 45 minutes of uncut video-material of the artists at work as bonus material.
Furthermore, the DVD contains a slide show with the artist's photographs.

The Portfolio

The portfolio is the personal copy of the artist portrait.

Large-format photos, selected texts and several DVDs. The selection of the DVDs consists of the video-triptych and one “uncut” version of the conversation and work of each artist.
This puristic version of the filmic documentation gives the owner unadorned access to the portrayed person:
The artist is present.

As a result of the individual creation of each portfolio by Ferdinand 'Marshall' Karl, and through the personal assortment of limited hand-enlarged photos by Gerald Y Plattner, each portfolio becomes a unique multimedia masterpiece.