photographers Holzhäuser, Karl Martin (D)

artwork infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2001
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2001

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 88,27.2001", farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 120 x 120 cm, Unikat, please ask gallery for price.



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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2001
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2001

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 88,25.2001", farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 120 x 120 cm, Unikat, please ask gallery for price.

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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2001
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2001

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 88,25.2001", farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 120 x 120 cm, Unikat, please ask gallery for price.

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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2003
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 2003

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 30,12.2003", farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 30 x 30 cm, Sonderedition der in focus Galerie, 12 Unikate, je 500 €.



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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1978
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1978

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 87.12.6", 1987, farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 100 x 50 cm, Unikat, please ask gallery for price.



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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1988
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1988

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 88,4.3.1988", farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 60 x 50 cm, Unikat, please ask gallery for price.



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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1988
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1988

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 88,4.6.1988", farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 60 x 50 cm, Unikat, please ask gallery for price.



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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1993
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, 1993

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser "Lichtmalerei 1-7,2,1993", farbiges Licht auf PE -Color Papier, 7 Bilder je 50 x 40 cm, Unikatee, please ask gallery for price.



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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1969
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1969

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchung, Serie 3. 1969 printed in 1975, Ed. 3 + 1 e.a., Licht auf Barytpapier, 50 x 40 cm, please ask gallery for price.

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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1971
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1971

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchung, Serie 8, 1971 printed in 1975, Ed. 4 + 1 e.a., farbiges Licht auf Color-Barytpapier, 50 x 40 cm, please ask gallery for price.

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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1975
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1975

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchung, Serie 19, 1975 printed in 1975, Ed. 4 + 1 e.a., farbiges Licht auf Color-Barytpapier, 50 x 40 cm, please ask gallery for price.

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  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1975
  • Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen, 1975

    Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchung, Serie 17. 1975 printed in 1975, Ed. 3 + 1 e.a., farbiges Licht auf Barytpapier, 50 x 40 cm, please ask gallery for price.

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biography infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

Karl Martin Holzhäuser

1944 born in Gardelegen
1962-65 photography education at Museum Dahlem, Berlin
1965-66 study at Werkkunstschulen Darmstadt and Saarbrücken with Oskar Holweck
1966-69 study at Hochschule for Bildende Künste in Hamburg with Kilian Breier
1969-70 photographer in Nürnberg
1970-72 art director photography in den Vogelsänger Studios at Bielefeld
since 1970 Teacher at Fachhochschule Bielefeld
since 1975 Professor for photography Fachhochschule Bielefeld

Member in:
Bundesverband Bildender Künstler (BBK)
Deutsche Fotografische Akademie
Freie Akademie der Künste Mannheim
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh)
Bund Freischaffender Fotodesigner (BFF)
Fördergemeinschaft Fotografische Ausbildung (FFA)

Karl Martin Holzhäuser - Paintings from the Darkroom
At an earlier age Karl Martin Holzhaeuser (or KMH for short) was able to describe both his artistic and his professional line in one word: photography. Today, this term definitely still applies to the subject he teaches at the design school of an art college in Bielefeld, Germany, but it might mislead as far as his present work as an artist is concerned - - - unless one remembers the original definition of "photography" that dates back to 1839 (emphasis added): the art or process of producing images on a sensitized surface by the action of radiant energy and especially light. Significantly, this definition does not mention a prime requisite we associate with photography, namely a camera, and precisely in this respect KMH has returned to the roots.
His work constitutes a new genre in the field of cameraless photography.

KMH brings his pictures into being in his darkroom where he exposes photographic paper to the light of self-devised lamplike tools directly by his hand - a process he calls "Painting with Light" (in German, Lichtmalerei). These paintings do not depict or interpret any visible reality; they record ingenious, artistically and mathematically controlled variations of the impact of white or colored light on photographic paper. Like all paintings, each painting with light is, by virtue of its genesis, a unique work of art. The decisive difference between the two types of pictures lies in the time available for their physical production: KMH must complete his manual work within seconds. Therefore, the intended images have to be premeditated to an unusually high degree.

In his current exhibition catalogue KMH presents paintings with light of the third generation, a synthesis of two earlier stages: Initially, in the 1980s, his sequences bore strong marks of spontaneous action, lateron to be banned for the sake of strict adherence to programs governing the mothion of the "lightbrush" as wll as shapes, colors, and the numbers of pieces per set. Now we see these two approaches reconciled in paintings that combine the stringency of premeditated instructions with elements of calculated chance and the individuality of the artist's hand.

Biographical note: In 1962, then 18 years of age, Karl Martin Holzhaeuser became an apprentice of Walther Steinkopf, a renowned photographer in Berlin. Another early mentor was Florian Michael Neusuess who initiated him into cameraless photography. Subsequently he studied at the art colleges in Darmstadt, Saarbruecken, and Hamburg; among his academic teachers were Oskar Holweck, Kilian Breier, and Max Bense. KMH first came into his own in 1967 by conducting Mechano-Optical Analyses (experiments with the image-creating modalities of optical systems), and he was one of the protagonists of Generative Photography, a kind of grammar for producing visual messages by a purely rational combination of mechanical devices and techno-optical methods. Since 1970 KMH has been teaching Photographic Art and Design in Bielefeld where he holds a professorship. (text by Helge Jan Schmodde, 2001)

shows infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

2017
- Licht, Schatten und Chemie, in focus Galerie, Köln

2016

- Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei und Anderes, Scheublein + Bak Galerie, Zürich

2014
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser: Licht-Bilder, Konkrete Fotografie, imago Kunstverein, Wedemark e.V.
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser: Licht-Bilder. Konkrete Fotografie, Herforder Kunstverein

2013
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser: Lichtmalerei und Montagen, Konkrete Fotografie, Streitbörger und Speckmann, Bielefeld
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser: Licht-Bilder 1968-2009, photo edition berlin, Berlin

2011
- Konkrete Fotografie, Montagen und Lichtmalerei, Beaugrand Kulturkonzepte, Bielefeld

2008
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser: Konkrete Gesten - zwischen Fotografie und Malerei, Galerie BAAL, Bielefeld (E)

2007

- Licht-Bilder, Kunstverein Oerlinghausen

2006
- Fotografie Konkret - Konkrete Fotografie - Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg; (book, page 266)

2005
- Licht-Bilder, Kunstverein Speyer

2004
- Licht-Bilder, Kunsthalle Bielefeld
- Studiengalerie, Bielefeld

2003
- Konkrete Fotografie, in focus, Galerie am Dom, Köln

2001-2002
- Lichtmalerei - Neue Arbeiten, Ausstellungsforum des Siegerlandmuseums (Katalog)

2000-2001
- Lichtmalerei - Neue Arbeiten, Galerie PIN, Bielefeld

1998
- Konkrete Gesten, Kunstverein Melle

1997-98
- Konkrete Gesten, Roemer- und Pelizeaus-Museum, Hildesheim

1997
- Konkrete Fotoarbeiten, in focus, Galerie am Dom, Köln

1995
- Konkrete Gesten, Daniel-Pöppelmann-Haus, Herford (Katalog)
- Lichtmalerei, Galerie Anita Neugebauer,Basel

1993
- Konzeptuelle Fotografie Kunstverein Marburg, (Katalog)

1992
- Lichtmalerei und frühe Arbeiten Neotechnik, Bielefeld

1991
- Lichtmalerei, Museum Waldhof, Kunstverein Bielefeld e.V.; (Katalog)
- Lichtmalerei, Marktschänke Rahden

1989
- Moja czesc fotografii genetywnej Karla M. Holzhäusera, Galeria Foto-Medium-Art, Warschau/Polen
- Moja czesc fotografii genetywnej, Galeria Fotografii Elementernej Lade Zdroj, Polen

1986
- Generative Fotografie und Lichtmalerei, VDI-Technologiezentrum, Berlin

1982
- Mechano optische Untersuchungen, Galerie Jesse, Bielefeld

1980
- Generative Fotografie, Artothek der Stadt Bielefeld,

1975
- Mechano optische Untersuchungen, Galerie Le Disque Rouge, Brüssel

1972
- Mechano optische Untersuchungen, Galerie Latin, Hamburg
- Mechano optische Untersuchungen, Galerie Debatte, Berlin

1971
- Mechano optische Untersuchungen, Galerie am Backofen, Berlin

1970
- Mechano optische Untersuchungen, Fenstergalerie-Computer-Datentechnik, Bielefeld

bibliography infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

Karl Martin Holzhäuser - monographs

- Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei, Edition Marzona, Düsseldorf, 1990
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Mechano optische Untersuchungen + Lichtmalerei, Jonas Edition, Marburg, 1993
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Konkrete Gesten, Kerber Edition, Bielefeld 1995
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei - Neue Arbeiten, Siegerlandmuseum, city of Siegen, 2001
- Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Lichtmalerei 2002 - 2004, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, 2004
- Lichtmalerei 60.5.2002, 60.10.2002, 60.13.2002, 180.19.2003, 180.22.2003 Montagen: 6.2008, 7.2008, 25.2008, 42.2008
- Lichtmalerei 90.6.3., 1990 In: Collecting Fine Art Photography teNeues Verlag GmbH + Co. KG, Kempen, 2008
- Montagen 6, 7, 9, 11, 19, 23, 29, 35, 37, 43, In: Karl Martin Holzhäuser, Gottfried Jäger Realer Schein, Arbeiten 2008 Epson Kunstbetrieb, Düsseldorf, 2008
- Lichtmalerei 180.7.2003; 180.8.2003; 16 mal 1-7,2.1993 in: Alchemy, twelve contemporary artistsexploring the essence of photography Katalog zur Ausstellung Purdy Hicks, 2006
- Mechano optische Untersuchung Serie 17.1975, 1975 Blau/Grün/Rot. Lichtmalerei 90.7.1990,1990
- Lichtmalerei 180.9.2003; 180.3.2004; 180.4.2004;180.6.2004.180.8.2004In: G. Jäger, Rolf H. Kraus, Beate Reese Konkrete Fotografie Kerber Verlag, Bieleld, 2005
- Lichtmalerei 2002 | 2003 | 2004 Katalog zur Ausstellung: Licht-Bilder Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Studiengalerie Bielefeld, 2004

catalogues are shown in exhibiton record

works in collections:
- Museum für Kunst und Geschichte, Fribourg, Schweiz
- Artothek des Bielefelder Kunstvereins, adt Detmold
- Fotografische Sammlung der Stadt Leinfelden, adthalle Bielefeld
- Kunstverein Marburg
- Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert, Kulturspeicher Würzburg
- Schupmann Collection