Johannes Kahrs (b. 1965, Germany) is a painter in whose work dismantles images taken from films, commercials and popular culture. These are then reformed and given additional content and meaning. Kahrs begins his paintings with realistic images that are projected onto the canvas and painted, thereby severing them from their original meaning. His paintings offer images an open and new reality that is detached from their original context, and create typical figures and situations to which many meanings can be attached. Using extremely high contrast painting and blurred outlines, Kahrs indicates toward the process through which his paintings are produced. Kahrs works with a number of highly influential galleries such as SMAK in Ghent and Parasol Unit in London.
Related exhibitions: The Towering Inferno, Prima Facie