Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart
Duo Artist Presentation. Jochen Hein & Christian Awe
Although the two German painters Jochen Hein and Christian Awe don’t seem to have much in common in the subjects and themes of their paintings, there is a great connection in their approach: both don’t work in a traditional way but rather experiment in their paintings.
Jochen Hein (*1960 in Husum, DE) plays with the visual illusion of his paintings that appear true-to-life from some distance. But his seascapes and cloud-paintings are not painted in a precise manner; in fact the realistic illusion is created by abstract structures that the Hamburg-based artist brings onto the canvas in many layers with different brushes and tools, and by scrapping off the color, just to add new layers afterwards. When the viewer comes closer to the canvas, the subjects dissolve into these abstract structures. By adding an atmospheric character, Hein also makes use of the mystery of the medium painting and at the same time shows that we do not perceive what we think we see.
The works of 1978 Berlin born Christian Awe are expressive and abstract, sometimes on the edge of the concrete. In his new series of water paintings he plays with associations of elements of nature. Although everything is created by hand, the works seem dampened by real droplets and the boundaries between reality and imagination are blurred. The droplets posit water in its purest form or are complemented by energetic “splashes of color”, covering the layers below them in rivulets or with apparently spontaneous gestures. What looks coincidentally on the first sight actually is a deliberately created composition. Awe’s experimental works play with the impressions created up close or at a distance, color contrasts, matte vs. lustrous layers, the specific impact made on the space and capturing time.