The painting series "FACADE" deals - as the name suggests - with the facade, the appearance, which in our time more and more often covers reality and pretends to others. I spontaneously felt the need to deal with this subject artistically.
I deliberately did not depict the people realistically, as is usually the case, but chose a quick, abstract stroke in keeping with the theme and the concept of the entire work. Characterized by hard contrasts - black and white meets pastel tones. Above the eyes and mouths of the otherwise delicate-looking women, a black dominant bar with white typography. Words like "Artist, Lover, Faith and Hope" briskly brushed in capital letters. Reminiscent of the impression of street art - loud and unmistakable. The usual careful elaboration typical of earlier works of mine is entirely absent here. Quasi a painterly outburst in the otherwise orderly world. I have been told that the painting is reminiscent of the "Junge Wilde" of the eighties, but in terms of thought it springs entirely from our present time.
Anonymity also plays a large role, many faces depict typical posing beauties as seen in current lifestyle magazines, but I have rendered them alien, unrecognizable, out of context and very multi-layered: sometimes vulnerable, sometimes arrogant, sometimes strong, sometimes weak.
The questions that arise: Where does the facade begin here, where does it end? A presumably unsolvable riddle. A mirror of the viewer, of ourselves in this day and age? What exactly do we really reveal about ourselves? How do we show ourselves in public, what do we tell on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Co? The perfect staging of a facade?
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