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Solo show: Ulrich Kochinke - L능COLE SANS DIEU (over)

11 March 2011 until 8 April 2011
  Ulrich Kochinke - L능COLE SANS DIEU
  fruehsorge contemporary drawings

fruehsorge contemporary drawings
Heidestrasse 46-52
10557 Berlin
Germany (city map)

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We are delighted to present the exhibition L'COLE SANS DIEU, new works by the Berlin based artist Ulrich Kochinke. This is our second solo exhibition of his work. The vigorous, large format drawings distinctly differentiate themselves from his previous minimalist approach, though upon close observation one recognises overriding concepts and themes that are hereby expressed through a new style.

His almost life-size led pencil drawings confront with strong expressions and rich contrasts. The drawing's themes and motifs concern most varied epochs, genres and media. They cite today's popular culture as well as historical pictures and Christian iconography. Similar to the Sampling process, the eclectic assembly of the pictures in our collective consciousness is hereby multilayered and interlaced: both visually and substantially. Kochinke combines and confronts worldly themes with religious motifs, the holy with the profane. Emblems from the skater scene, comic-figures, logos and typefaces meet on one spiritual plain.

The dynamic, expressive drawing style exploits memories and impressions that have been burnt into our retina, like an annexed iconography. In a world of free-floating symbols, the nature of visual encoding is re-questioned: amongst multi-encoded pictures Kochinke examines the conflict-laden contradiction of faith and world order - and yet without irony entertains their current relevance. How can universal and entirely existential questions and needs be negotiated? Here institution and religion coincide with the world of trivial conversation and consumerism.

Ulrich Kochinke combines and collates images and symbols and enforces an osmotic penetration of the seemingly contrary motifs. In their transformed context the motifs find themselves newly illuminated, with which the questions of today's values are posed.

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