Things to say
05. February – 12. March 2021
For the past 15 years, Johannes Kersting has been involved with photography and its painterly potential. Now the pendulum is swinging back and Kersting, who studied painting with Hans-Peter Reuter, is once again devoting himself entirely to working with the brush. This turn makes the occupation with both media appear as a mutually enriching interplay. New works from this intensive lockdown-fueled questioning of painting are now on view for the first time. The works shown are inspired by several project trips and road trips through the USA, whose romantic potential is additionally underpinned not least by the longing motor of currently restricted freedom to travel. Human relics become forgotten, completely overwrought sculptures in the middle of nowhere. The images oscillate between abstraction and reality. Urban scenes, motel designs, stripped of their meaning and any writing, celebrate the formal exaltation of our will to design.