Johannes Kahrs - Contemporary Artists

Silent depression

Silent depression The Saatchi Gallery
 

Johannes Kahrs

Silent depression

1999
Oil on canvas

160 x 210.2 cm

Johannes Kahrs’s large-scale canvases take their imagery from popular media: press photos, newsreel and film stills. Presented without context of their origin, Kahrs’s paintings merge the banal and horrific, as his generic subjects become monumentalised and frozen in non-sequential time. Rendered with flawless technique, Kahr’s highly realistic style captures the imperfect aesthetics of photography. Using the art historical, ‘high culture’ tradition of painting to transform the shadows of over exposure, the acid hues of print, or the ‘snow’ of tv, Kahrs displaces his familiar images, transforming the ‘disposable moments’ of media image bytes into disquieting portraits of contemporary zeitgeist.
 
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