Marta Cencillo Ramírez about the works on paper

Joachim Hiller’s work shows an unusual continuity and conceptual uniformity, impressive stylistic and technical diversity. Immanuel Kant’s thought that all of nature is nothing but a combination of appearances according to rules and that there really is no randomness, could be the motto for his pieces. Hiller uses the specific material properties not to paint nature but to paint like nature. Art as an unpredictable result of the interaction between the use of innovative techniques, calculated material selections and spontaneity on the basis of grounded knowledge about the laws of nature. This is how Hiller’s work technique could be described.

Hiller’s desire for discovery and questioning and his nature based sensitivity have allowed him to develop new techniques which complement his processual painting continuously for the past 35 years. In his works he concentrates on the properties of the various work materials and the possibilities contained therein for interactions. He does not title his works, so that the viewer isn’t guided in his associations and interpretations. This way pieces of a particular nature are created: Do you know the feeling of standing in front of a breathtaking landscape, captivated by a curious beauty, the air, the light, the structures, and that this experience cannot be described to anyone in this stunning intensity? When viewing a work by Hiller you feel exactly this authentic experience. They are creations that appear to be created by nature itself, that are created by its laws, and not descriptive vicariousness!

The present catalog of work presents the works on paper and cardboard that are a significant part of Joachim Hiller’s extensive Œuvre, whereby criteria emerge that permit a careful grouping. The pieces display the technical variety and stylistic wealth that we have come to expect from his paintings and reliefs and enchant us with their specific material qualities and unlimited wealth of structures. They aren’t merely preliminary studies or sketches, but often are valued as autonomous artworks, definitely unique originals.

Marta Cencillo Ramírez
Köln/Cologne, 2012