Paul Czerlitzki: Make Up, 2014

Johann König
Feb 13, 2014 3:32PM

Paul Czerlitzki experiments with technical processes that level out the artist’s gaze to the picture. In a sense, he takes on the role of the viewer and by reducing his artistic interventions, he dictates the focus to the material and the construction of the painting. Representing itself the picture is neither abstract nor figurative. The group of works entitled “Make Up” consists of canvases, each carrying a flat and tightly arranged collage of c-prints on paper that depict a photograph of the same sequel of a canvas. While being covered by the paper the canvas’ materiality is represented hyper realistically at a ratio of 1 to 1. It is the scanner that redefines the active seeing, drawing the viewer closer to the picture but also creating a distance. The depiction of the canvas seems to optically imprint itself in the picture carrier and, thus, raises the question of what’s behind. The serial reproduction of the motive fosters the principle of reiteration that characterizes all of Paul Czerlitzki’s groups of works. Thereby the artist focuses his main attention on the subtle deviations and shifts from norm.

Johann König
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