Spehr Class

Art is a method of reflection using pictorial forms of expression (in the broadest sense); the basic parameters of art are constantly being renegotiated in a social communications process.
As a result, it comes as no surprise that, on the one hand, art is exposed to strong diversification in the current temporal context, like other social realities (and this creates a situation where the framework of opportunities expands to a huge degree, but also causes a growing sense of complexity), but, on the other hand, is subject to aspects of a generally increasing economisation of all areas of life.

Commercial thought patterns begin to infiltrate artistic productions in a subtle manner at an early stage and restrict its possibilities (potential). As one of the outstanding features of art was always its ability to make available free space for concepts and counter-concepts aside from the mainstream, the goal of the work in this class is to suggest a protected area where individual work and artistic development can take place, largely uninhibited by the stress that the market and competition create early enough anyway, without the participants losing sight of contemporary developments from a critical point of view.

There is no magic formula for developing what represents the goal of a fine arts course – i.e. having an outlook that is as independent as possible, individual and artistic. Each personality has its own speed, its strengths, weaknesses, needs and preferences. The adventure in studying art is all about discovering how the overlapping elements of characteristic features can be used in as intensive a manner as possible in any artistic work. The greatest possible openness and readiness to experiment therefore form the basis for the work in the class, both in terms of the specific artistic work and also in terms of their reflection on it with all those involved being on the same level, as far as possible. Everything else is a matter for negotiation.  


Spehr, Johannes

Professorship for Painting