Bodo Korsig

‹Escape from Memory›

22.2. – 30.3.2019

Opening Thursday 21.2.2019, 18-20h

Bodo Korsig, „HIDDEN MIND“ 2016, Stahl, powder-coated, Lack ca. 250x 250 x 3 mm
Bodo Korsig, „HIDDEN MIND“ 2016, Stahl, powder-coated, Lack ca. 250x 250 x 3 mm
Bodo Korsig, „HIDDEN MIND“ 2016, Stahl, powder-coated, Lack ca. 250x 250 x 3 mm
Bodo Korsig, „HIDDEN MIND“ 2016, Stahl, powder-coated, Lack ca. 250x 250 x 3 mm
Bodo Korsig, „HIDDEN MIND“ 2016, Stahl, powder-coated, Lack ca. 250x 250 x 3 mm
Bodo Korsig, «expect the unexpected», 2016, Öl auf Papier, gerahmt, 42 x 42 cm
Bodo Korsig, «expect the unexpected», 2016, Öl auf Papier, gerahmt, 42 x 42 cm
Bodo Korsig, «expect the unexpected», 2016, Öl auf Papier, gerahmt, 42 x 42 cm
Bodo Korsig, «expect the unexpected», 2016, Öl auf Papier, gerahmt, 42 x 42 cm
Bodo Korsig, «Gedankensplitter 2», 2018, ca. 50 x 50 x 10 cm
Installation view
Bodo Korsig „herz[stück]“ 2016/2017, Zeichnung auf Papier, je 60 x 60 cm
Bodo Korsig „herz[stück]“ 2016/2017, Zeichnung auf Papier, je 60 x 60 cm
Bodo Korsig „herz[stück]“ 2016/2017, Zeichnung auf Papier, je 60 x 60 cm
Bodo Korsig, «Feed Your Soul», 2014, Spezial-Plexiglas, LED Lampen, 17,5 x 2,5 x 3 cm
 

Bodo Korsig lives and works in Trier and New York. He was born in 1962 in Zwickau, Germany, and studied sculpture and stone restoration in Berlin. Working within a broad range of artistic techniques and materials, including wood cut, drawing, painting, sculptural reliefs as well as photography and film.

Many years ago Korsig turned to neurosciences and behavioural research, driven by the question of what structures underlie human behaviour and perception. He creates poetic, provocative, mysterious and pictogrammatic images about existential subjects of humanity. Many of Bodo Korsig’s works analyse patterns of behaviour under extreme conditions such as fear, violence or death. Counting on the power of graphic lines, the pictures’ abstract forms remind one of logos from advertising, even if they are more complicated than that. They seem foreign and strangely familiar at the same time, partly inspired by and based on medical images, partly on everyday objects, which only seemingly add up to a complete picture.

The round, soft forms, seductive at a first glance, turn into strange plants that radiate an unpredictable and uncontrollable energy on closer examination. These pictorial, on the surface nicely ornamental icons also put one in mind of depictions of cell structures, bacterial chains or viral growths. It is the play with ambivalent emotions and the irritations of his own visual experience that appeals to Korsig. The beholder oscillates between fascination, trust and mistrust, at the same time attracted and repelled, but also bothered, threatened and at the artist’s mercy. Often Bodo Korsig combines his visual worlds with text fragments. His sloganesque phrases refer to existential subjects such as love and sexuality, life and death, remembering and forgetting, past, present and future.

In addition to the exhibition in the Galerie Bernhard Bischoff & Partner, the work "Weltruhe" by Bodo Korsig can be seen vis à vis in the showroom of Videokunst.ch. In this video, the artist brings together the disciplines of dance, lyric, music and video. The starting point is a poem by the Berlin poet Scardanelli (Thorsten Preisser).