Mixed Media / Colorphonie℠ (Combined Painting & Photography).
TEXT by: Dr. G.C. Rump (Gerhard Charles Rump) is an art historian and theorist, his main area is in the field of contemporary art. He is also a private lecturer for the T.U. (Technical University) Berlin, a curator, gallery owner and a photographic artist. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_Charles_Rump
The artists Mike & Madeleine Bülow have chosen „The Symphonies of Colors ℠„ as their main title of their ongoing series of works. The colour body of her works is suspended in a liquid, and then photographed, and then selected, printed and presented. What the viewers see is, indeed, a symphony of colours, incorporating musical principles (other arists have done that, too, and composers have attempted to conjure up images in our minds), but the colours are not spread out on a flat and even surface, and they are seen as 3D, creating their own space, their own universe if you so wish.
The colour hues are different from what you experience in everyday life. Notwithstanding their unique character, they still do remind you of the things you know, you have seen before, and you are sure to see in the future. The reason for this is that Mike & Madeleine Bülow rely on certain principles of our perception, and of our biology, too. Every single colour, in whatever tone it may be clad, corresponds with the form, meaning that the same colour in a different form will have a different effect.
This is so because form is unchanging, it is a character of the material thing. Its colour, on the contrary, is not. Colour is an optical effect. An optical effect working directly on and with with our psyche and our experiences. This can easily be demonstrated by placing what in our everyday use would be called a red ball in a box and green late is shed on it, The colour, which in broad daylight appears to us as red, will change. But the form of the ball will, of course, not.
Some of the contrasts Mike & Madeleine Bülow will inevitably use are highly alerting. They do refer to biology, because some animals use those contrast like red and black or yellow and black or vivid bright colours, in order to fend off their predators. A frog in the Brazilian rain forest, brightly coloured, with vivid contrasts of colour in his skin, signalises to its predators: „I am poisonous, keep off.“ In the same way other animals use those contrasts to signalize „I do not taste good“ or „I am dangerous.“ We instinctively re-experience those effects, because we still have a heritage of those perceptive elements inside ourselves.
But there is, of course, more to it. Their main objective is to probe into the relationship between colour and form. Plus, of course, the effects these relations have on our perception, and therefore our emotions. When Josef Albers investigated the interrelationship of colour and form, he chose a defined area, on a flat surface, and chosen an abstract albeit geometrical form. Mike & Madeleine Bülow go about their business in a completely different way, Renouncing the flat surface and therefore elevating painting into the third dimension, one might say that their works are sculptures. But that is only true in the process of creation. The images of Mike & Madeleine Bülow are photographs, and therefore 2-D representations of 3-D objects, thus connecting to the tradition of representing space on a flat surface, which has been so admirably described in John White‘s book „The birth and rebirth of pictorial space“.
The gist of it all is that Mike & Madeleine Bülow create a universe of colours incorporating musical principles, biological principles, aiming at our psyche through the architecture of our perception. The range of our aesthetics is, in their works, constantly being widened and goes on to explore new dimensions.
Mike Bülow; artist, musician, songwriter, producer, photographer: Born 1974 in Zossen (about half an hour south of Berlin). Mike originally has a strong musical background and was signed by multiple record labels throughout his 20 year career. He released 4 Albums and 16 singles while being under contract for labels like MfS Records, Flesh, Universal Music, Sony and Warner. He also worked with Marcos Lopez and Bernard Sumner from the British Band „New Order“, (Armani & Masto (The Sound of Sage 2 – taxi4), Masto & Cain (for Dream Dance), Berlin Bitch (for Universal Music)had many acts for the „Loveparade” in Berlin, performances for the E-Werk, a rather exquisit event location in Berlin and had gigs for the Musikfestival in Cannes. To redevelop his creative output he begann his photographer career and with the project he launched with his wife they began experimenting with colors and unalike elements. Exhibitions around Europe, f.e. 2013 in Salzburg 2014 in Berlin and London, 2015 in Berlin and Ibiza and 2016 in Austria, Cannes and Paris.
Madeleine Bülow; Born in 1978 in Madgeburg (about 100 Miles east from Berlin) she spend her teenage years with colored pencils and pursued to transfer her countless ideas onto the paper. Around 2001 she developed a strong interest for abstract art and began working with acrylic paint on canvases. 2004 she moved to berlin in order to grow as an artist. From 2004 to 2006 she worked voluntarily for an art project for kids aged from 3-4 years while still being active and creating privately. But during her parenthood her focus shifted towards her two little girls, leaving only little room for her art. In 2012 she felt a strong desire to express herself in a new and challenging way, which is why she startet a project together with her husband Mike called „Mike & Madeleine Bülow“. In which they presented their creations in various exhibitions around Europe, f.e. 2013 in Salzburg 2014 in Berlin and London, 2015 in Berlin and Ibiza and 2016 in Austria, Cannes and Paris.