Look ahead / Moving into the 2020s

Untitled
© Christoph M. Gais / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Christoph M. Gais

Ohne Titel / Untitled, 2020/21

Oil on canvas
120 × 100 cm

signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse: Ch- M. Gaus 2020/21 to chapel project
(GAISC/M 145)

€ 12.000
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You don't always have to think of Corona when you see masks, and yet: Christoph M. Gais' most recent works suggest this. With a pathos-guided dramaturgy, the artist stages the larvae over backgrounds that are sometimes gestural, sometimes ornamental. Involuntarily, we sense the threatening presence of these second faces. However, one should not interpret the mask theme in one direction. In any case, it arouses completely different associations. Since they do not reproduce a mouth guard - the speech opening is significant - the masks are more reminiscent of theater or carnival paraphernalia. Apart from that, one has to immerse oneself a little in Christoph M. Gais' pictorial language in order to place these current images in the work: The painter is a border crosser between abstraction and representationalism. Thereby he is aware of both accents.
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