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 http://www.petitesono.com/gallery4.html 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: http://www.johnkannenberg.com, 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