Jochen Plogsties


9. February – 11. March 2006

Opening: 9th February 4pm

Ara Ara. Oil on canvas, 60 x 50, 2006

Hummerbecken. Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm, 2006


Deutsches Guggenheim. Oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm, 2006


Pferde. Oil on canvas, 90 x 70 cm, 2006

The building, which could be seen for days can now only be discerned as a maze-like relief. It is enveloped in a toxic grey, interspersed with light blue patches that could be the remnants of a friendly sky. Another canvas shows the portrait of a young woman, sugar-coated in the white haze of fumes that disappear behind foreboding flat planes of purple before their exact origins can be established. Jochen Plogstie's style of painting does not take place within the well-established framework of existing image reproduction ceremonies. How an image begins has no relation to how it ends. Polgstie's paintings are process-based. Previous layers of paint remain as signatures, overlays weave the work into the fabric of the passing time. The fact that the much altered, more thickly layered and pastier images retain a sketch-like character provides further indication that painterly enthusiasm is never allowed to slip over into product fetishism. Instead, tribute is paid to production - the path towards the end product - in a way that is both skilled and self-reflective. In many respects the exhibition Malerie is then also an attempt to understand the different ways in which paintings are produced, including the conquering of inner resistances and the deconstructions it involves. This applies to each individual image, but also the development of images in painting, as well as history in general and our image saturated contemporary reality. Or, to express it with the title of one of his works: 'So long, Saloon'.