Kotscha Reist

‹Comptoire de Mystic›

11.1. – 16.2.2019

Opening Thursday 10.1.2019, 18-20h

Kotscha Reist, «Oslo», Oel auf Leinwand, 2017/2018, 160 x 190 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Hanging», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 150 x 130 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Come to Mind», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 120 x 95 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 12», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 5», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 9», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 2», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 11», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 1», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 7», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm
Kotscha Reist, «Historia Natura 8», Oel auf Leinwand, 2018, 50 x 60 cm

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.

Kotscha Reist has become known for his paintings and drawings, which are characterized by the use of a restrained color palette and a light, often translucent brushstroke that rather obscures the motifs. Kotscha Reist, however, has been using stronger colors and contoured the objects in recent years. The new pictures have become even stronger in the color scheme, sometimes even bright red, orange and yellow.

The motives are of great diversity, yet subjects such as branch compositions, persons in strange postures, animals like birds and monkeys recur. Even different version of the same subject can be found again. The view through a mostly closed window is repeatedly discussed in different ways by Kotscha Reist
By means of enlarging or downsizing the samples are changed. Details are faded out or placed right in the centre of the picture. Kotscha Reist always focuses on seeming triviality, which is thereby cut off from the connection with reality.

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.

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
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
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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