Jochen Mühlenbrink (born in Freiburg in 1980) began 2001 his studies at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and graduated in 2007 as a master student of Markus Lüpertz. Today he lives and works in Düsseldorf and Oldenburg, Germany.
His work includes both paintings and objects that invite us to call up memories, to question well-known knowledge and habits of seeing and to connect our own imagination with it.
Mühlenbrink's Window Paintings primarily depict houses and landscapes that appear to be behind a fogged-up window glass. It seems as if someone has painted patterns and lines on a window pane with their finger. Furthermore, in Mühlenbrink's works, adhesive strips appear again and again, painted in his Tape Paintings as an optical illusion on the canvas and sometimes also over the underlying motif.
Slits of sight can be found repeatedly in both the Window Paintings and the Tape Paintings. The open spaces between the tapes and the finger smears on the Window Paintings reveal a view on something that the artist himself questions. What is real, what is visible, what is depictable?