Malte Kebbel (* 1981 in Bremen) completed his studies of fine arts as an alumni of Tal R at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf. The artist lives and works in Berlin.
From two-dimensional mixed media works to large-scale walk-in installations, Malte Kebbel produces unique light artworks both for the gallery space and outdoors. By daylight, the works follow a clear aesthetic that reveals their real character only when exposed to special light creating the impression that they originate from a different space-time continuum. Kebbel confidently draws on the interplay of luminescence and shadows, masterly experimenting with different techniques and materials.
His work is also characterized by an intensive interaction of shape and color. Through the use of geometrical forms, heights and depths, fragmentarily combined into a puzzle of found and created images, a complex language emerges, whose almost magical attraction the viewer can barely escape from.
The apparent reality, which solely consists of the visible surface, opens up a relative space, studded with innumerable pictorial motifs, gradually becoming self-sustaining and beginning to take relentless possession of the voids. The resulting haptic feel resembles mountains in colorful rapture, a distorted perception, which seems irritating and familiar at the same time.
Illuminated by rays, torn from the darkness, the light reveals the hidden secrets of the image collage. The viewer has only a few seconds to adopt the moment before the light incident changes the shape of the artwork once again - recurring dynamics with inscrutable logic.
Text: Britt Janina Heinker