In his work Stefan Reiss has been researching for almost ten years in the fields of drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, projection and Led programming. He develops specific works for the different media, which are mutually connected and establish contextual relationships between them. The basis of all his works are simple signs which, in their reduction, focus on the sign itself. In complex compositions, however, the meaning of the individual sign is replaced by multiple multiplication and gains its very own meaning through superimposition.
In his first works he generated digital straight lines, in which he changed a fixed number of parameters, and thus realised a multitude of digital drawings. Already during this creative process, the need arose to translate these digital drawings from the virtual paper into three-dimensional painting, which through their relief structure give the signs a spatial depth, while at the same time taking up the pictorial composition of the drawings. The equally possible interpretation of the drawings of planar structure or spatial nesting as a third transformation suggested the transformation of the drawings into three-dimensional space. By means of spatial expansion, the signs were given back a physicality. The digital signs are extended by the actual spatial dimension and completely leave the virtual space.
For Stefan, the retransformation of digital elements into comprehensible space is the further development of current digitalisation. The entire industry, now almost global, is currently focusing on the necessary digital transformation, which will change many production processes, the whole administration and service, teaching and research and our entire daily life in the coming years. His assumption is that in the near future humans will increasingly want to experience again with all their senses, experience their environment comprehensively and necessarily give the digital body a comprehensible body again. The process of creation is then digital, but the digital work leaves digital space at a certain point in time and becomes an actual body.
He studied Fine Arts / Sculpture at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and attended the masterclass at Prof. Inge Mahn and Prof. Berndt Wilde.
He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
He's member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (London, UK) & CODAworx (Madison, USA).
He's winner of the Trades District Public Art Project in Bloomington (USA / 2019), SPACE & Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure commission in London (UK / 2018) and N-Ergie Audience Award at Die Blaue Nacht in Nuremberg (Germany / 2017). He was shortlisted for the Giralda Sky Public Art Commission in Coral Gables (USA / 2019), CODA Awards (USA / 2019), Lumen Prize in London (UK / 2016) and LYNX Prize in Trieste (Italy / 2016). He was long listed for Aesthetica Art Prize in York (UK / 2017) and Warsteiner Bloom Award in Cologne (Germany / 2015 / 2016 / 2018 / 2019).
His works were shown in international exhibitions at Amsterdam Light Festival (Netherlands), Digital Public Art Festival "Light Up Bashu" Chengdu (China), SPACE & Vision Redbridge Digital Public Art exhibition (London, UK), Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (China), Today Art Museum Beijing (China), Modern Art Museum Shanghai (China), Leeds Digital Festival (UK), Aesthetica Art Prize (York, UK), LYNX Prize (Trieste, Italy), European Media Art Festival (Osnabrueck, Germany) and Die Blaue Nacht (Nuremberg, Germany).
Stefan Reiss was member of the Jury of Mastersalon 2016 & 2017 at Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (Belgium).