Markus Brenner, born in 1963, has also achieved international fame with video projections, light installations and photographs. Brenner's trademark are photographs of fish in tailor-made swimming costumes –comparable to Ottmar Hörl's garden gnome or Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe silkscreen. Brenner now lives and works on Lake Constance and in Berlin.
Brenner's works have been praised by numerous media, such as the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", "Financial Times", "Kunstforum International", "Spiegel" and art magazines. Photographs and videos can be found in various collections, such as the UBS Art Collection, Zurich, or the art collection of the watch manufacturer NOMOS Glashütte.
Fish and Textiles – Photography and Fashion
Brenner's "Haute Couture Fish" was created in collaboration with the St. Gallen textile company Jakob Schlaepfer, which supplies labels such as Dior, Chanel, Akris and Vivian Westwood with fine fabrics. And Brenner's fish were elegantly dressed and large-format (3 x 8 metres) at the 7th Swiss Triennial of Sculpture in Bad Ragazin 2021. In 2020, they were presented in the solo exhibition "crazy fish & Tender moon" at Galerie Wild in Zurich.
Frozen Cars – Video art and photography
In 2019, Markus Brenner began freezing cars into blocks of ice. Thick tanks of coloured ice release drop by drop icons of automotive history. The melting process allows the art to decay, while providing its own unique aesthetic in the process of disappearance. This work can be experienced in an expansive 11-channel video installation at MAC2, Museum Art & Cars. The Neue Kunst Gallery in Karlsruhe also presented large-format photographs of "Frozen Cars" for the first time in 2021.
Of aeroplanes orchids and wheelchairs – 3D and photography
Recently Markus Brenner has also been building aeroplanes: his gliders are reminiscent of paper aeroplanes. Constructed in 3D, partly refined or alienated, they fly through the new building of the Schmieder Clinics in Stuttgart-Gerlingen as part of an art-in-building staging. This staging, which will be completed in 2022, also includes flowers that have been given a new identity via light video projection. New breeds of orchids and tulips, as they may become possible in 20 years with the help of genetic engineering. Three wheelchairs, which have completely shed the look they were given by medical supply stores, also complement the staging.
"Maybe you have to celebrate the surface with relish to learn about the depths".