John Kannenberg – Digital Visual Arts – Minimalism

Once again, and quite by accident, I came across the work of John Kannenberg whilst surfing around the net. Kannenberg’s work offers irreducible textural solutions to  fine art / graphic territories,  through elegantly worked mappings of digital information, rinsed through a series of filters to produce a minimalist diorama that excites the imagination.

The “Cascade” series  was my initial point of entry, a highly refined series of precision optics, that gradually reduce and subtract in content, yet still holding the attention with their fascinating patterns and pixelations. On further investigation, I discover that Kannenberg has a website:, and here, I found a treasure trove of highly layered digital compositions, explorations of techniques that include photographs and drawings being composited, repeated, and layered to create dense, yet minimal textural fields like a finely woven fabric. Here we see energised patterns of planes, plateau’s and striations that fuse into a singular visual  screen, each series being subjected to further deformation and refinement to form a singularly unique body of work.  It comes as no surprise to me then, that Kannenberg also works in sound, and applies similar techniques to sonic work via his net-label Stasis Field.   Kannenberg is currently developing work further with video and live art presentations, and I recommend a visit to all of the websites mentioned for further information. In the much maligned world of digital visual arts, Kannenberg appears to have evolved a technique that is equally at home in the digital and physical environment with an impressive corpus of work that entices the eye, and ignites the senses.  BGN


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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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