Kotscha Reist: ‹Painting is old hat. But sometimes this hat is just a better fit.›

28.5.-4.7.2015

Opening: 28.5.2015, 18-20h

Kotscha Reist might have started his artistic career so many years ago by training as a photographer, but he is a painter through and through. His scrutiny of the medium of painting sets him on a journey from the history of painting to an ongoing and critical reflection of his own life. His creative solutions help him processes memories and realities, putting them into a larger, universal context. Interested in working with found images on the one hand and material from our collective pictorial memory on the other, he takes his material from newspapers, magazines, catalogues or the internet, sometimes even using his own sources.

His painted worlds are neither loud nor sensational, as he is more interested in the subtle undertones, the worlds in-between where everything is slowed-down and calm, reduced to its essence. His pictorial narratives develop from fragments that combine into a scenery as it were. Reist wants the viewers to feel that there is more to it than meets the eye. The paintings are meant to raise questions; this is why they and their contents are left incomplete. What is hidden behind the screens, the pieces of wall, in the boxes?

Kotscha Reist’s choice of seemingly everyday subjects creates a mysteriousness that can easily slip into becoming inexplicable, humorous or even uncanny. It is never about illustrating a core message, but rather about the potential that is inherent in a simple and everyday motif. He uses recurring motifs such as birds, branches or architectural forms, unconsciously charging them with his own stories and associations – the origins of all that is known ultimately lies in memory.

His paintings are characterised by lightness and transparency. Reist likes to present the visible as being on the verge of disappearing. He leaves blank areas, only hinting at the important things, his painting resulting in blind spots so that any conclusive, comprehensible sense eludes us.

The elements his paintings are based on are enlarged and modified, the artist having the motif for instance appear as if seen through a veil. Reist is skillfully playing with the dialectics of absence and presence of things, using a technique of layering soft colours in faded hues, which he sometimes tones down even further by adding glazes. In his most recent paintings, however, there is the occasional burst of colour. These works created over the last year can be regarded as a series. They allow for unexpected cross references while meandering through the narrative as solitary units.

 

«Backlight», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 80 cm
«Backlight», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 80 cm
Bekanntmachung», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 230 cm
Bekanntmachung», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 230 cm
«Bellestrik», 2015 Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 60 cm
«Bellestrik», 2015 Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 60 cm
«Belgien Boy», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 105 x 85 cm
«Belgien Boy», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 105 x 85 cm
«Chinese board walk», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 58 cm
«Chinese board walk», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 58 cm
«Food», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 200 cm
«Food», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 x 200 cm
«Heroic Spirits» 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Heroic Spirits» 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Key Man», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Key Man», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Lamps», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Lamps», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 50 cm
«Literary brackets», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 145 x 125 cm
«Literary brackets», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 145 x 125 cm
«Unloaded», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 110 x 200 cm
«Unloaded», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 110 x 200 cm
«Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Modell», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Modell», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Non Fiction», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 180 x 150 cm
«Non Fiction», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 180 x 150 cm
«Die Erklärung«, 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Die Erklärung«, 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«On Stage», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 125 x 160 cm
«On Stage», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 125 x 160 cm
«Projection Romantique», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 160 cm
«Projection Romantique», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 130 x 160 cm
«Protected Monument», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 80 cm
«Protected Monument», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 60 x 80 cm
«Revolving Door», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Revolving Door», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Side of the incident», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Side of the incident», 2014/2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 170 x 130 cm
«Stapelung», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Stapelung», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
Stapelung 2», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
Stapelung 2», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Stocking Canoos», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 110 cm
«Stocking Canoos», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 110 cm
«Verschalungen», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 110 x 90 cm
«Verschalungen», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 110 x 90 cm
«Cabinet du peintre», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 160 x 200 cm
«Cabinet du peintre», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 160 x 200 cm
«Stapelung 3», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
«Stapelung 3», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 50 x 60 cm
 


Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
ABOUT PAINTING - PART II 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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