Roland Schimmel

Take a long look at a black circle, and your eye produces an afterimage: circles in different colors or diffuse rings of light that dance before your eyes. Ronald Schimmel plays cleverly with this optical effect, which is a consequence of communication between the eye and the brain. By way of black circles, which he refers to as 'black suns', he actively generates those afterimages - while, on the other hand, he himself also sprays such afterimages onto the canvas with an airbrush. The result is an overwhelming image of the cosmos in which the viewer can become completely absorbed. At the same time, it is a form of optical art which causes a visual short circuit in the brain. So the question is: what has actually been painted, and what is illusion? In other words, what in fact is reality?