Johannes Kahrs: Then, Maybe, the Explosion of a Star
Xavier Franceschi, Johannes Kahrs
Le Plateau / Frac Île-de-France, 2016
Johannes Kahrs (born 1965 in Bemen, lives and works in Berlin) manipulates found imagery garnered from films, newspapers, and personal photographs to depict human figures. Liberating images from their original meaning, Karhs re-establishes his initial fascination with the image by painting it in full detail. The compelling ambiguity evoked in these works is achieved through their characteristic dark and uncanny atmosphere. Johannes Kahrs provokes his audience with paintings and drawings of dramatic scenes and imagery in which fact and fiction collide and reality is manipulated into an intricate world of concealment and mystery.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Frac Île-de-France / Le Plateau, Paris, from May 11 to July 24, 2016.