Landschaft mit großer Sonne (landscape with large sun)
In this landscape painting, the artist draws inspiration from old comic book illustrations and paintings by Milton Avery and Edward Munch. The artist also draws from dreams and motifs that have emotionally touched him to create works that serve as “landscapes of the soul.” Roßner’s paintings exist in a dreamlike state—in the borderland between abstraction and representation, the familiar and the otherworldly. The artist creates elusive narratives by blurring representation with abstraction, giving viewers the feeling of being stuck in the past or even falling out of time.
Formally, Roßner begins with a basic idea and repeatedly alters an image in a meticulous process of visual discovery. The artist works in this way until he considers the composition completely finished. Traces of the developmental process–such as overpainting, the insertion of drawings and the smearing of colors–remain deliberately conspicuous, conveying the production process to the viewer. These traces are essential to the work's impact.
About his process, Roßner says: "To me, the process of painting is not to be understood as a simple visualization of ideas but as the discovery of the idea itself . . . Searching for ambiguity is a pivotal concern of mine."
Roßner’s paintings exist in a dreamlike state, living in a borderland between the familiar and the otherworldly. Fascinated by the arrangement of ordinary things in their environments, the artist employs motifs that have emotionally touched him to create “landscapes of the soul.” Roßner’s elusive narratives blur representation with abstraction and are often stuck in the past—or even fall out of time.
Christoph Roßner was born in 1982 in Zwickau, Germany.
Exhibitions of Roßner’s work at museums and institutions include: Oblomow at the Leonhardi-Museum in Dresden, Germany; Heft eins (with Jakob Flohe) at FAK Förderverein aktuelle Kunst in Münster, Germany; and Anonyme Zeichner at Kunstraum Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.
Solo and two-person exhibitions of Roßner’s work include: Time is on my side at Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco, California; Gewinner & Verlierer at dst.galerie in Münster, Germany; and two artists you should know (with Lucie Freynhagen) at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio.
Group exhibitions that have shown Roßner’s work include: Two to Tango Two at Sperling in Munich, Germany; Société at C.Rockefeller Center in Dresden, Germany; WIN/WIN at Ankäufe der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Halle 14 in Leipzig, Germany; ALL STAR CAST at Galerie Baer in Dresden, Germany; and Habeas Corpus at Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton, New York.
Roßner has received several awards and residencies, including: the Zygote Press Residency in Cleveland, Ohio; and the “Heimspiel” Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen Scholarship.
Roßner´s work is included in the public collection of the Bundeskunstsammlung Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Roßner lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.
In this landscape painting, the artist draws inspiration from dreams and motifs that have emotionally touched him. Roßner creates "landscapes of the soul"—paintings that exist in a dreamlike state, in the borderland between abstraction and representation.More