Much of Roland Schimmel’s work explores after-images – images created in our brain after a visual experience. With his art, he challenges and manipulates this part of the neuro-physical system of the human body. In turn, the after-images that are the visualisations and projections of our brain, are imitated by Schimmel and, with the airbrush technique, projected and visualised onto the emptiness of the canvas. Looking at his work creates confusion in our brain. Which images are ‘real’, and ‘authentically’ created by the artist and which are the creations of our own master brain? In a flash, the border between these two terrains appears to leap into focus yet, in the blink of an eye, this lucid insight evaporates as swiftly as the after-images that inspired it. The work’s intangible essence reveals itself in the silence of being present, in abandoning the will to understand, and in surrendering to the resonance of the works.
Janna E. Adriaanse