Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart
The Hamburg based painter Jochen Hein (*1960 Husum, Germany) deals with perceived phenomena and our anticipations that arise from them. He plays with the visual appearance of his works from a distance and from close-by. What seems like a seascape or park scenery dissolves into pure painting-material, into informal abstraction as the viewer comes closer to the canvas. Over many years Hein developed his unique techniques: onto the elaborately primed ground – the “body” – he pours “paint skins,” scraps off, blends colors with most diverse tools: light reflections are thrown by large brushes, hair is scratched out with blades. Like in an evolutionary process of chance and need information is build up and gets lost by applying and removing material on the surface. In this tension between expectation and reality the artist shows that we finally “do not perceive what we see.”
Ruprecht von Kaufmann (*1974 in Munich, Germany) is a well known German artist who studied illustration and painting at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He lived and worked in Los Angeles and New York. Since 2003 Ruprecht von Kaufmann is based in Berlin. His works are part of several notable collections, such as the Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany or the Hort Family Collection. Ruprecht von Kaufmann uses stories in order to pose elementary questions about the turmoils of human existence. His works are rich of emotional and literary references and often combine realistic and surreal elements. In his new series he uses colored linoleum instead of canvas. Ruprecht von Kaufmann creates three-dimensional paintings by both cutting into the linoleum and building up paint textures. His series of portraits of refugees was recently shown at the United Nations in New York and will be exhibited at Museen Böttcherstraße in Bremen, Germany from March 16th to April 28th 2019. A book about this series has just been published by Distanz Verlag, Germany.