La RÃ©volution Permanente
Oil on canvas, Plexiglas, Metal (2 panels)
193.5 x 269 cm
Johannes Kahrsâ€™s large-scale canvases take their imagery from popular media: press photos, newsreel and film stills. Presented without context of their origin, Kahrsâ€™s paintings merge the banal and horrific, as his generic subjects become monumentalised and frozen in non-sequential time. Rendered with flawless technique, Kahrâ€™s highly realistic style captures the imperfect aesthetics of photography. Using the art historical, â€˜high cultureâ€™ tradition of painting to transform the shadows of over exposure, the acid hues of print, or the â€˜snowâ€™ of tv, Kahrs displaces his familiar images, transforming the â€˜disposable momentsâ€™ of media image bytes into disquieting portraits of contemporary zeitgeist.