The Berliner photo-artist Sven Hoffmann uses a special "burn-art" technology. It's a pretty complicated, tedious and risky process in which Sven Hoffmann makes his colorful, vivid and dazzling work. While his work can somehow be categorized as photography, since he uses other special techniques in making them, the last creation can hardly be called a photograph.
In the final stage, they look more like exuberant paintings. But since they are welded on solid wood panels, aluminum plates or thick metal blocks, they appear to the viewer as more three-dimensional and assume a plastic shape.
"Burn-art" is Sven Hoffmann’s elaborate and continuously developed technique for processing the photographic material. First he takes some pictures which he develops in his own laboratory. Then with the help of fire-burning technique he melts 1 of 2
his footage carefully and deliberately. This creates bubbles, distortion and color fusions that are effectively incorporated by the artist.
The resulting photo paper is then modified, laminated with adhesives on wood or metal. Thereafter, the base material is welded, burned, and bent, and all are fused together. The electro-welding machine is an important technical tool.
As a trained industrial mechanic Sven Hoffmann has learned the craft of working with such a device; he deals with this industrial tool not mechanically but highly artistically, much like a painter who works with brush and paint. He "paints" with the welder! 2 of 2