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Michael Peltzer

"still film"

September 10th - October 12th 2016
Opening reception: September 9th, 6pm
Seasonstart galleries at Kontorhausviertel

"Action!" one says when German painter Michael Peltzer takes the viewer into his expressive imagery in September in the Evelyn Drewes Gallery, Hamburg. Film meets painting again. Following the successful exhibition "Kintop" from 2014, Michael Peltzer goes on with "still film" to the next round of his series of works of film stills.

While in the last exhibition exclusively motifs of the feature film were shown, Peltzer now also worked on the popular format of comic series (which he last did in 2008). So there are childhood heroes and villains like Pepé le Pew, Gossamer or the Coyote, which enrich the colorful world of film.

The passion for film and for bygone decades from the 50s to 80s revive in Michael Peltzer canvases. Heroic protagonists and scary bandits can be found in this year's exhibition in Hamburg. Rather than operate on popular key scenes take up stereotypical images of individual films or genres, the artist seeks his motives in his own memories. Whole scenes, individual fragments and images of his favorite movies are the center of the series of film stills.

Although it is true, that many of his works base on templates of known film classics of film history, the popularity and notoriety of the individual film is less critical to be transformed by Peltzer on the canvas. The deciding point is rather the personal significance of the content and the memories with which a picture motive is charged.

Not only in the choice of motifs but also in the form of presentation the personal connection becomes clear between artist and picture contents. Instead of reproducing photo-realistically the so beloved sceneries, Peltzer illustrates the motives in his quite personal style which modifies the images from their submission to the unrecognizable.

His style is denominated by bold colors, strong contrasts and a distinctive order of colour. The blurred, melted and run colours seem to walk in their form almost by chance from the abstraction to the figurative. So spontaneously this looks, nevertheless it is defeated by an intensive control by the artist who holds his picture worlds between colour, form and composition on a narrow wire rope in balance which can get by the smallest mistake from the balance.