Valentin Beinroth

* 1974 in Stuttgart, GER
lebt in Frankfurt am Main

Valentin Beinroth explores measuring techniques and their underlying values. Using a measuring method he has developed himself, the artist questions and relativizes the apparent objectivity of conventional measuring systems such as axioms.

In “pedetentim” (2009), an installation consisting of 12 acrylic glass triangles lined up in a row, it is the artist’s step size that informs the measurement and determines the size of the individual triangles. Thus although the sine wave weaving along the triangles represents a universal mathematical construct, it nonetheless stems from a personal body measurement. This makes it an individual mathematical size.

In contrast, “HI-cubit” (2010) makes use of a common process in chemistry and astronomy. The artist uses hydrogen as a component. The lengths used to measure the exhibition space are derived from the emission spectrum of hydrogen, the most frequently occurring element in the universe. The division of the scale on the rod itself is based on the pre-metric, body-oriented Roman measuring system. Beinroth moreover continues his approach on another level, by transferring his own measuring system from the closed space to the geographical landscape while traveling through New Zealand.

We can see from his works how human conventions are innate in all common practices today and the alternatives the environment provides, whether in the form of organic or chemical elements that enable us to tap into new dimensions.

Frankfurter Kunstverein

pedetentim, 2009
gold leaf on engraved acrylic glass, 73,5 536 2,3 cm