Kotscha Reist





«The Lake», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 170 x 230 cm
«Papers», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 160 x 190 cm
«Chinoiserie 4», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 190 x 160 cm
«Early Morning Parc», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 85 x 120 cm
«Storage», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Vincent´s Modell», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Vinyl», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«News», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 130 x 110 cm
«Flashlight», 2015/16, Oel auf Leinwand, 170 x 230 cm
«Nordic Wedding», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 40 cm
«Hope», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Paravan», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 140 x 170 cm
«The Voice», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Ping Pong / Bruce Lee», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Red Light», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 130 x 160 cm
«Echo», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 130 x 110
«My Shoes / Costume national», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Living Sculpture», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 110 x 130 cm
«Almost Everybody», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Das Duett», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Hats», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Monkey 5», 2016, Oel auf Leinwand, 70 x 90 cm
«Dolly», 2015, Oel auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm

Kotscha Reist may have started his artistic career so many years ago by training as a photographer - but he is a painter through and through. His scrutiny of the medium of painting sets him on a journey from the history of painting to an ongoing and critical reflection of his own life. His creative solutions help him processes memories and realities, putting them into a larger, universal context. Interested in working with found images on the one hand and material from our collective pictorial memory on the other, he takes his material from newspapers, magazines, catalogues or the internet, sometimes even using his own sources.


In his current exhibition, Kotscha Reists puts on show new middle and large format works, which can be grouped into the classic genres of painting - interior, landscape and still life. Increasingly, Reist is going back to his method of using photographs shot by himself as models for his oil paintings. These pictures were created on several trips to the north. He took them with his mobile phone, interpreting them rather freely with his brush afterwards. Memory and appropriation have been two constant concerns in his work for a long time.


In his paintings he explores new themes on the one hand, and returns to motifs known from earlier works, such as branches, windows and animals, on the other. A black background surrounds the painted objects (Chinoiserie) or persons (Nordic Wedding), adding to the unique atmosphere of some works. Then again, other paintings show a surprisingly wide range of shades. Red Light, for example, shows a log cabin in Denmark fenced in by trees in various shades of green. In contrast to earlier works, some of his new paintings display more illusion of depth and a new interest in spatiality. The depicted objects are given presence by enlarging, reducing or cropping the original image. Time seems frozen in Reist's paintings. "His motifs are often based on documents of the past the artists re-examines, or on memories that keep haunting him."* Most recently, Reist has turned his attention to the Fin de Siècle.


The painting of the bookcase standing in his friend's art studio (Vincent's Modell) or My Shoes / Costume national are personal works and refer to Reist's present life and environment. Vinyl is a tribute to the good old vinyl record, which is currently experiencing a revival. Bundled newspapers or stacks of DIN A4 paper are further objects of interest and investigation for Reist.


*Kathleen Bühler, Erinnerungsmalerei zwischen Geschichte und Geschichten, in: Echoes Kotscha Reist (2012), p. 137.

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Dong / Steinemann 2020
Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
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
Martin Kasper
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
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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