One of the many memories I have from when I was a child is my father telling me not to draw with my finger on car windows “because then the marks won’t come out“. It’s funny to think how easy it is not to do something like that and at the same time how difficult it is not to leave the trace of a heart, a smile or a house on the condensation. And at this time of year, when we have already arrived at our destination before the air conditioning warms up and does its job, the task of leaving the windows unscathed is really impossible.
I am sure that Jochen Mühlenbrink also had this innocent vice, who has dedicated an entire series of works to marks on glass.
Jochen Mühlenbrink lives and works between Germany and the Netherlands and is currently active at an international level, exhibiting in various private and public exhibitions and collections. To call him just an artist would be to belittle his work: perhaps the best term to describe him is an illusionist.
Mühlenbrink is an expert in oil on canvas, a technique he uses to represent different surfaces and thus to deceive the viewer. A few years ago, he did a series of paintings simulating paintings wrapped in bubble wrap that were so perfect that they made you want to discard them. His study of materials continued with some works representing canvases completely covered with packing tape.
For some time now, his attention has been focused on the strange effect created by the condensation on the windows and on the drawings that can be created with the fingers and that reveal what lies behind the glass.
We have selected just a few of his works, to find out more visit his website and to see all the details follow him on Instagram.