Kotscha Reist: ‹Painting Life›

10.3.-16.4.2011

 

The last show of Kotscha Reist at the gallery was entitled “Painting for Life“ and dealt with the ambiguities of a painter’s life in his art environment and the art market. For the current show the title had been reduced to “Painting Life“- putting life itself at the centre of interest. The works shown have been created within the last two years, displaying a certain distinctive maturity. Seemingly unfinished brush strokes show the brief sketchy moment of a motive's discovery. The foggy glaze, which used to subtly cover his previous works, has been lifted – the viewer is directly confronted with the events, making withdrawal impossible. The works seem liberated; one color patch is set to another – juxtaposing hard reality with sensuality.The bases of Kotscha Reist’s paintings are mainly photo originals. He interprets them freely and conveys them to the canvas in an altered way. The images are taken from newspapers, magazines or shot by the artist. A cosmos of actuality and history unfolds itself to the viewer, sometimes dimly cautious, sometimes powerfully put on scene. Landscapes and interiors are shown equally next to figurative works.

 

The motives are of great diversity, yet subjects such as branch compositions, persons in strange postures, window situations or animals recur. Even different version of the same subject can be found again. By means of enlarging or downsizing the samples are changed. Details are faded out or placed right in the centre of the picture. Kotscha Reist always focuses on seeming triviality, which is thereby cut off from the connection with reality. On the one hand the pictures stand for a view into a microcosm, on the other they seem to be macrocosmic illustrations of the world. In any case they are snapshots pulled out of a timeline, sometimes taken totally out of context and placed into another world - becoming irritating fragments of a collective memory.

 

Bernhard Bischoff, 2009/2011

«In Uniform», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«In Uniform», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Fin», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Fin», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Human Fivelegs», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Human Fivelegs», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Mystic Tables», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 85 x 105 cm
«Mystic Tables», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 85 x 105 cm
«Love Filmends», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Love Filmends», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Chambre séparée», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Chambre séparée», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Europahaus (Tanzpalais)», 2010/2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 230 cm
«Europahaus (Tanzpalais)», 2010/2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 230 cm
«Funnel Man», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 125 cm
«Funnel Man», 2010, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 125 cm
«Liebermanns Garten», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 190 x 145 cm
«Liebermanns Garten», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 190 x 145 cm
«Snowlight», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 120 x 100 cm
«Snowlight», 2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 120 x 100 cm
«Sweet Nothing», 2010/2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 125 cm
«Sweet Nothing», 2010/2011, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 125 cm
 


Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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