»Mathematics has an extensiveness, in fact it is a whole universe full of lively ideas.«
When Julius Kerscher (born in Munich, 1982) starts to talk, one realizes quickly how natural the connection between mathematics as an inspiration and his artistic work is. Already in the first semester of his mathematical studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, from which he successfully earned his degree, Kerscher started to record the information heard in lectures and seen on the board in sketches. Such proof-sketches, as well as number spaces or symbolic patterns from different mathematical fields, form the starting point of his work. Those have such a deep fascination on him that they practically demand to be transformed into abstract paintings. In doing so, color for Kerscher has an essential meaning as an expression of intensive imagination, of the individual experience of mathematical thoughts.
Corresponding both in dimensions and gesture to the customary making of sketches with chalk on a chalkboard, Kerscher prefers to work with oil color and oil chalks on large-format canvas. This particular technique the artist, trained autodidactically, developed himself. The creation of a single painting often takes place over a period of more than one year, as he continues to develop his ideas on the canvas and applies numerous layers of color onto the base, which creates an intriguing effect of depth when looking on the art works.
The title of the exhibition »Colorful mindscapes« is to be understood as a reference to Kerscher’s thought-process, who imagines many mathematical objects or topics as bright landscapes, in which he wanders in order to comprehend them more intensely.
Kerscher has presented his works in solo exhibitions at the Technical University of Munich and in the European Patent Office in Munich/the Hague as well as in a permanent exhibition at the Supreme Bavarian Audit Court. The exhibition in the Art & Space Gallery, Herrnstraße 13 runs from March 17th to June 17th 2011.