Details:

In this painting of an everyday interior, 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.
Framed: 32.5 x 22.2 in.
Signed

① Artwork:

Look Back

In this painting of an everyday interior, 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 entirely.

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."

Specs:

21.75 inches
31.5 inches
with frame
22.15 inches
32.5 inches

③ Artist:

Christoph Rossner

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:
Look Back, 2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
31.5 × 21.8 inches /
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