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SELECTED WORKS BY Johannes Kahrs

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Johannes Kahrs
La Révolution Permanente

2000

Oil on canvas, Plexiglas, Metal (2 panels)

193.5 x 269 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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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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Johannes Kahrs
artist's work|biography|articles|

artfacts.net
Johannes Kahrs, born 1965 in Bremen, lives and works in Berlin, where he completed his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in 1994.
the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Johannes Kahrs
galeriealminerech.com
Work and Biography - Johannes Kahrs
manifesta.es
The paintings, charcoal drawings and video projections of Johannes Kahrs are all bound by a relationship to time. He renders figures in the midst of ambiguous performative gestures that confound any clear identification or reduction to a single communicative meaning.
findarticles.com
Johannes Kahrs - Daad Galerie, Berlin, Germany
A telephone card based on Johannes Kahrs' painting HIT, 1994, is being issued to commemorate his receipt of the International Schlumberger Award for Art.