Pascal Danz: ‹brain tattoos and other simple things›

26.2.-2.4.2015

The paintings of Pascal Danz treat the often difficult dividing line between the general and the personal, that is, between themes in the artist‘s own biography and questions concerning perception and the creation of history in general. He manages each time to entice us with his work, to draw us into the paintings and to fascinate. One could say that the artist defuses his themes to such an extent that each time we are able to contribute our own hoard of experiences. His painting is seductive and disturbing – effortless, but not easy to grasp.

For some time now Pascal Danz has been concerned with the ancient genre of the still life, in particular with the flower still life – demonstrated so impressively in the series „for David“ which he showed in the gallery in 2013. This preoccupation leads automatically to an examination of an image or painting’s power of representation, the temporal and spatial nature of the image, the place of the image in a metaphorical as well as in the real sense – and, of course, the concept of beauty. Further works have developed from the series « for David » that concentrate more intensively on the aspect of beauty in images in contemporary art. In order to push at the limits even further, Pascal Danz has now « withdrawn  colour » from a number of works. The result is impressive  painting in various shades of grey. The works are made from photographs which Pascal Danz took himself. In the group of works based on sculptures of African tribal art small figurines have been increased to gigantic proportions. And yet the objects were copied and painted in an unemotional, almost scientific manner. The artist wants to show them for what they are: on the one hand souvenirs and decorative articles for the « western » living room and on the other hand the colonial, western view of the exoticism of the third world and the occupier’s attempt to appropriate their magic and powers -  although the former occupier is identical with today’s tourist. In addition other works show simple things such as fruit or everyday objects, all painted self-assuredly in the middle of the image. With this centring of the motif the artist generates a focus on the essential, the « thing ». This becomes the supposed target, a kind of magnet – from which the gaze does not allow itself to be diverted and therefore leads to an introversion of the image. This unavoidability of looking to the point of seeing causes the paintings to be burnt on the memory, to be connected to experiences or recollections and to embed these as signs, so-called «brain tattoos» .



The term brain tattoo is taken from a book by Siri Hustvedt and means the etching of a visual memory in the flesh or the brain.

«two lemons», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 70 cm
«two lemons», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 x 70 cm
«acid trip», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«acid trip», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«cate blanchett meets jennifer lawrence while leonardo dicaprio is hanging over», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«cate blanchett meets jennifer lawrence while leonardo dicaprio is hanging over», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 30 x 40 cm
«mean voodoo», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 140 cm
«mean voodoo», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 140 cm
«porn kitsch (1)», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 140 cm
«porn kitsch (1)», 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 140 cm
«voodoo child», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 250 x 200 cm
«voodoo child», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 250 x 200 cm
exotic vintage dancer», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 250 x 200 cm
exotic vintage dancer», 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 250 x 200 cm
 
 


Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
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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