Günter Ludwig’s ink on paper drawings are evocative compositions that bring to mind the Japanese approach to landscape wherein nature becomes a reflection of the soul, the physical reality a starting point rather than the subject of the composition. It is in this space that Ludwig works as he chases the universal truth.
Ludwig’s work is heavily influenced by his interest in Zen practices, his actions as an artist an attempt to create a simplicity that goes beyond physical representation and instead focusses on the development of a pictorial language of signs, texts and graphic teasers that ask questions about our very being, our existence.
In the same way Zen practice encourages one to empty oneself of experiences in order to open up the self up to a new reality so Ludwig does in his art, his gestures, his spontaneous mark making. In many ways Ludwig could be seen to be an artist who has spent his life working towards childhood, to that moment in time when gesture is immediate, automatic, true. As Picasso famously said:
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.