Johannes Kahrs | the artist




The artist Johannes Kahrs
Born 1965, Bremen, Germany.
Lives and works in Berlin.

Style and technique of the artist: Drawing,


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like earlier works by kahrs, many of the images are based on documentary photography and film stills as well as images from his own archive. the imagery the artist selects features physical confrontation which is often highly sexualized, political and even violent in subject matter. his interpretations of the original works are often blurred, cropped or distorted, distancing the viewer from the reference point….
Johannes Kahrs frequently uses found images as a starting point for his work, which he then manipulates according to his needs. Much of Kahrs’ subject matter includes human figures and their world, and his final images are provocative, ambiguous and fake, which often distracts the viewer from appreciating their aesthetic quality…
Untitled (Man with Light)
Johannes Kahrsís large-scale canvases take their imagery from popular media: press photos, newsreel and film stills. Presented without context of their origin, Kahrsís paintings merge the banal and horrific, as his generic subjects become monumentalised and frozen in non-sequential time…
“People sometimes say the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually itís the way things happen to you in real life, thatís unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really happen to you, itís like watching televisionóyou donít…


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