#* (Abschnitt-Bruch)

MDF relief 77x72x6cm 2019

Elmar Zimmermann - #* - Abschnitt Bruch

“No hash, no star, no swastika, no picture, no frame, no seal, no shield, no token, no sign, no angle the same, no symbol to name. The shifting eyes just see – some thing.” (EZ)


4c-Risography Ed. 30 42×30 cm 2020


The work is one recent result of my artistic practice in the use of the useless, of leftovers, bycatch, findings.

Earlier this year, when all together everyone at home, I started to use the most powerless tool I could find on my computer: MS Paint—which still comes with Windows. This is a very simple pixel-based painting tool. I put up a tiny canvas in oktavo ratio and placed some of the program’s template icons—carefully choosing their position and colour, in just using the standard palette.

I liked the result, but did not stop there.

The weakness of pixels is the resolution. I wanted my picture to be defined and sharp, so I translated it into a vector graphic. The picture now is rendered in mathematic curves—no more fuzzy pixel-stairs, but it is infinitely scalable. Throughout this transfer the forms on the canvas became more fluid, the shapes formerly put one on top of the other were melting and connecting.

To bring this abstract thing into everyday life I chose to render it in Riso—a digital printing technique with high quality inks. So my processed picture found its place on warm sheets of paper as a screen print.

There are still some prints available. Get your #Paint here:

Abschnitt – Bruch

MDF ­reliefs 36×8,5x2cm 48×13,5×3,5cm 54x12x3,5cm 76×13,5x5cm 66,5×16,5×3,5cm 87,5×11,5x4cm 33×6,5x4cm 57x15x4,5cm 68×14,5×6,5cm 59x11x4cm 66×10,5×3,5cm 2019


cloth/collected painter’s rag 118x88cm 2016


cloth/collected painter’s rags snell 68x64cm 2018

Elmar Zimmermann - Campfire

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felt cloth sewn on stretcher 164x132cm 2012

Elmar Zimmermann - fig.%


Hof has been a room at Bielefelder Kunstverein in 2009. I conceived it for the duration of one exhibition upon an invitation by Thomas Thiel. The temporary and specific installation was built up of the works Wappen and Schlitten as of chosen examples from the Artothek des Bielefelder Kunstvereins. This pretty representative picture-lending library – founded in 1978 – consists of multiple artworks, mainly prints. It was practically out of use at that time – due to local loss of interest. This then changed.

installation at Bielefelder Kunstverein  2009

felt sewn on stretcher  200 x 200 cm  2008

used laths and several framed pictures  90 x 240 x 65 cm  2009

From the Artothek des Bielefelder Kunstvereins: Horst Antes, Joseph Beuys, Felix Droese, Franz Eggenschwiler, Günther Förg, Günter Fruhtrunk, Dan Graham, Wenzel Hablik, Otto Herbert Hajek, Erwin Heerich, Thomas Huber, Horst Janssen, Gustav Kluge, Kurt Kranz, Vlado Kristl, Kaspar Thomas Lenk, Richard Lindner, El Lissitzky, Dieter Lott, Heinz Mack, Willy Maywald, Heiner Meyer, Lowell Nesbitt, Anna Oppermann, Petit Frère, Rainer Pöhlitz, Bernhard Prinz, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Alexander Rodtschenko, Dieter Roth, Sarah Schumann, Almir da Silva Mavignier, Elmar Stobinski, Georg Tappert, André Thomkins, Timm Ulrichs, Stefan Wewerka


found painting cut into pieces and reconfigured 85x85cm 2008

This work has been part of Hans-Jürgen Hafner’s difference, what difference? Art Forum Berlin in 2008 as of Max Mayer’s Stand und Gestaltung Kunstverein St. Pauli in 2009.



textile 215x215cm 2008

Elmar Zimmermann Ecran


found painting from 1956 cut into pieces and reconfigured 75x65cm 2007

Elmar Zimmermann - Drache

2062 – 2068

2062 – 2068
various materials and finds 45x60x40cm 2002