Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, Bettie and sepia and black and white, 2017, oil on canvas, 220 x 165 cm
Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille
29 JULY – 27 August 2017
The work of Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille expresses a deep engagement with today's forms of image representation. Found in magazines and the enormous data pool of the internet, anonymous pictorial material is being transformed into the traditional domain of painting. Obscene pornography, film scenes of burning houses, landscapes as well as mere abstract and geometrical elements – the subjects depicted illustrate the common overload of image production circulating through present media.
For the exhibition hall in Weidingen, Tursic & Mille present a series of eight paintings depicting – at times rather covering – images of American pin-up girl Betty Page. Alternating between black and white and colour, paint is thickly applied onto these images of the ever recurring scene: Betty Page posing topless in a kind of living room. Thus alienated by overlapping layers of paint as well as parts that seem to be cut out of the underlying picture, Tursic & Mille's paintings deal with the manipulation, re-utilisation and disappearance of images, especially in the current age of endless visual data replication.