Mario Thronicke
From Walls to Bridges

With the project "From Walls to Bridges", Thronicke aims to bring people closer together and situate them in artistic relationship to one another. With the studio relocated to the outside world, Thronicke seeks direct h7 contact with people in their workplaces and in public spaces, in order to integrate the people within the project. Everyone is invited for the creation of the work and the conversation that ensues. Gathering silhouetted imagery of heads and projecting them onto prepared canvases of the artist´s original archive photography of the Berlin Wall, Thronicke meshes past and present, collating timelines and citizenry within his personal vision and multimedia painting process. The heads of individuals are centred in the subsequent painting process in which a fashion of molecular kaleidoscope is created whereby their faces lie hidden under the layers of paint, individual but anonymous. h8 The resulting series of paintings will be displayed in a linear configuration echoing the structure of the wall from which they are both inspired and composed. But this visionary wall is a building, a support network,a structure of togetherness, in stark opposition to the symbol of separation that the Berlin Wall once was. Virtually,and in physical imagery, diverse peoples are brough t together by this Berlin wall, and ideally , through the experience of the artwork, those who did not know each other may yet relateh5 more closely to each other both metaphorically, and within the context of the exhibition. This project posits and promotes the sense of connection, natural benevolence and common experiences between people, despite separation and dissociation that is part and parcel of our current ways of living. It is vital at the current time, as we live on the threshold of decisions that affect all of our future, that we focus on our connection as humans. Feelings of disempowerment, disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction cause fear of the future. Whilst we take for granted things like natural laws, doing assigned work, going with the flow h6, we can feel like mere cogs in a gigantic mechanism, powerless to break out of it. We become distracted by superficial debates about left against right, youth versus age and other divisive dynamics like entertainment and consumption. Even the nature of free choice can seem illusory as our societies seem hell bent on self destructive waste and exploitation of human and natural resources and solutions to these misalignments and emergencies seem beyond our grasp.. But there is good news; we don't have to wait for the Messiah.h3 Each of us can be a redeemer because we all have a key to the solution. Maybe everyone carries it within themselves in the form of a task with which we were sent to this world; perhaps that could be the meaning of life. So far, the ego has been important. It was the prerequisite for survival and development . In the meantime, however, we have developed so magnificently that this seems to have become problematic. We notice that something is missing in order to continue to survive. It is compassion. It is the essence for healing the world, the mortar for binding the bricks together. If Thronicke's pictures, which are as complex and colourful as we humans, contribute only a tiny part to the realization that bridges are better than walls, he has achieved a lot.