SteinbeisART | Exhibition 2019/20

  •  Trained specialist in material testing with a focus on metallography; metallography expert and trainer in material science at Kabel- und Metallwerke Gutehoffnungshütte AG (Nuremberg)
  • Group Head of Metallography and Training Coordination at Diehl Metall Stiftung & Co. KG (Röthenbach a.d. Pegnitz)
  • Over 15 years on the Chamber of Commerce and Industry examination board
  • Scientific assistant for the Max and Erni Bühler Foundation at Pforzheim University
  • Coordination of research activities at the Max and Erni Bühler Foundation
  • Involvement in work at the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Material Development and Testing (WEP) run by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Jost and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Frey (Wiernsheim/Pforzheim)
  • Winner of the 2013 Research Excellence Award of the Institute of Applied Research (IAF) at Pforzheim University in the “co-worker” category
  • Steinbeis Foundation Transfer Award – the Löhn Award 2017 – with the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Material Development and Testing (WEP)

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Metal can be found all around us in everyday objects, decorative items, luxury goods, and last but not least construction materials.

On the outside, you see shapes, colors, and reflective properties. But it’s only when you look at metals under the microscope and peek inside that you work out how metal objects are produced or processed. To do this, you examine their structures and these also say something about the properties they can deliver. To inspect metals at a microscopic level, they have to be lavishly prepared by grinding and polishing. The textures of the metal can then be brought out and made visible through acid, chemical bases, and saline solutions. Under the microscope, metal grains, crystals, and spikes can be seen, often with light and dark effects. Some forms of acid treatment or optical contrasting methods can also help you to highlight special color effects. Artificially created processing structures also influence and change this appearance.

The photos shown in this exhibition are not designed to demonstrate technical features. Instead, they are intended to showcase forms and colors for aesthetic purposes. By distorting metals in special ways in certain areas and applying special optical processes, you can then pull out certain areas of an image and create some spectacular effects. The choice of colors and contrasts is also a reflection of the disposition of the artist.

The metals undergo a metamorphosis shaped by power and energy, changing their attributes and their concealed appearance. This unseen face of metals is thus in itself subject to change, like everything in nature.

Artistic record

  • Shared exhibition, Artothek Heimsheim
  • Individual exhibition, Niefern-Öschelbronn Museum
  • Workshops on color caustics and optical contrasting at Leica Mikrosysteme Vertrieb GmbH and Struers GmbH
  • Training on the optical possibilities offered by light microscopy, Leica Mikrosysteme Vertrieb GmbH, Bensheim
  • Pictures for catalogues, exhibitions, calendars, and an information film; various companies
  • Picture for Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG (Nuremberg): The Fascinating World of Our Materials. Art photography providing insights through the microscope (calendar).
  • Article on metallography with colors and contrast, reSolution customer magazine for materials science and technology, Leica Microsystems GmbH
  • Pictures for lobbies and visitor rooms at Nonnenmacher GmbH

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