Jochen Pankrath: Neue Töne
April 27 until June 12 2017
Opening: April 27, 19:30 h
New tones are emanating from Jochen Pankrath’s painting. Having been awarded numerous prizes in recent years, the artist is now expanding his palette with the exhibition at Galerie Sturm. Intense yellow, luminous blue, and a deeply nuanced white bring an increased focus on color to his images. At the same time, the works actually deal with color itself as the basis of painting. Although Jochen Pankrath employs traditional artistic themes, such as the figure and still life, he draws attention to the fact that all figurative painting – as well as abstract painting – is ultimately composed of color. His work reveals that although the image depicted indeed is not real, it does however show the painter’s ideas, which then work in combination with the paint to generate a reality that only exists on the canvas.
In the dreamlike, surreal scenarios, Jochen Pankrath produces conceptual images that make us question how we deal with the visual reality that is constructed through paint. This is the case in his work “Engaged Leg – Free Leg” in which the model is seen in the process of metamorphosis – the viewer bears witness to the act of creating an image. It is reminiscent of René Magritte and his work The Treachery of Images, which includes the famous text: “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (this is not a pipe). That work similarly deals with the question of what is actually on the canvas, for it is in fact not a pipe, but merely a representation thereof, or – to be completely honest – paint on a canvas.
That’s how Jochen Pankrath also captures what René Magritte, the great philosopher among the Surrealists, once called the “inspired moment.” This inspired moment is the visualization in the image of that which is concealed behind the things. It is the attempt to encourage the viewers to think differently about the world, to shift their perspectives, and in doing so, to inspire new realizations about things they had previously taken for granted. This is what Johannes Hüppi is referring to in his statement on Pankrath’s paintings: “Sometimes it is just that simple. You paint what you see and shift the reality a little, making it more dreamlike or more believable, in order to understand more from life.”
Anne Simone Krüger, Art Historian, M.A., Hamburg