About the work, Malte says:
"The installation resembles a 3D puzzle made of uniform, flat, and oval elements. All parts of each sculpture slot together, causing an effect of continuation; everything continues, is connected, & connects anew".
"The central motifs on the pieces are distorted motifs, lines, waves, and repetitive and algorithmic strokes and shapes. The apparent motif is only the visible surface, and under this surface, an infinite number of motifs are hidden".
Malte was happy to tell us more about the workflow for this project and his use of WidthScribe:
- In the lost universe of 1.000.000 thoughts, the first step to do is to focus on one idea. Once upon a time, I sat on a big table, which reminded me of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last supper', which I once took as a subject of an art project.
- Most of my art existing in the real world, has been produced, printed, etc. Thus, in the process of creating a silkscreen stencil, I open a selected picture in Photoshop and scale the image dimension up, before reducing the color to black/white, brightening up the picture and making a strong contrast.
- The next step is to open the image in Illustrator and thanks to the fantastic WidthScribe Plug-in from Astute Graphics, it is possible to transform the pixel image into a composition of vector lines and waves using the Width Stamp Tool.
- For creating the perfect silkscreen template, it is important to scale theIllustrator picture to the required size of the print sheet and the lines and dots have to be in relation to the desired result.
- One transforming process is never enough for me, so using the Width Stamp Tool again, I redo the pixel to vector conversion several times in different settings. I'm not searching for the optimal realistic solution, it is more important for me to find a flickering collage between image layers above each other.
- To make it even more disturbing, I do multiple Width Gradient operations with some selected lines.
- The 'Fin Sin Fin' artwork as a single element has an oval form, therefore I need to cut the image layer to make it fit into the shape.
- Trust your failures, they will push you to new horizons.
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About Malte Kebbel
Malte Kebbel is a German artist and designer, living in Berlin. He is exploring the pixel universe and trying to crack the boundaries of them. His work includes a passionate use of colors and form. He has exhibited globally in several solo and group exhibitions in locations such as Miami, New York, Mexico City, Bologna, Istanbul and Dublin. Last year he took part in 'Berlin Leuchtet 2016', one of the biggest light festivals in the world and where he first presented his luminescent 'Fin Sin Fin' project. He also recently received a German Design Award 2017 – Special Mention for his website
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