Armin Boehm, ‘Paar’, 2012, Galerie Peter Kilchmann

Boehm shows here a man and a woman but it stays unclear wether they are a couple or not. Both don't seem to be acting or even communicating and leave an impression of absence. The woman seems to be pregnant so that an earlier action of her with another person becomes obvious - without revealing wether it was with the male figure or not. The only thing giving the humans some kind of living shape is the shadow that accompanies both, representing a metaphysical level of life.

About Armin Boehm

Armin Boehm paints fictitious and spatially impossible scenes, based on urban layouts and architectural constructions, that are meant to evoke the inner human condition. The images, which sometimes appear to be aerial views or perpetually receding landscapes, explore the idea of natural and manmade borders in geographic surfaces. His most famous works are large-scale paintings, constructed using complex combinations of materials including fabric, oil paint, pure pigment, metal, and sand. A majority of Boehm’s paintings have dark palettes and depict nocturnal views with small sources of light; in preparation for exhibiting his paintings, Boehm has been known to paint the walls gray and dim the lights to deepen the experience of darkness. Other subjects have included interiors, smashed trees, bucolic scenes, and car wrecks.

German, b. 1972, Aachen, Germany, based in Berlin, Germany