Karl Bohrmann

In der Luft

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Texts by Michael Krüger and Michael Semff

24.5 x 34 cm
ca. 144 pp. Pages
ca. 100 ills.

October 2016

ISBN 978-3-944874-50-0 (German)

/ Flying objects: the first survey of one of Bohrmann’s major motifs

/ A very personal selection from the artist’s estate

Karl Bohrmann (1928 – 1998) was one of the most important and productive artists
of his generation, whose drawings achieved maximum expressivity through minimal means. This selection of drawings and collages has never been published before. The artist’s family assembled this coherent block of works from his estate. Multiple variations on the drawings circle the room in unreal dimensions, an idea of incomprehensible dimensionality in its barely fathomable tension between horizon and sky.

Bohrmann’s interest in the additive process of collaging has grown since the seventies, which allowed his latent desire to explore the formative powers of the material to bloom in all of its subtleties. The emotional and mobile space of the aphorisms
on paper shown here is of great poetic density. Figures, forms of landscapes, and the most diverse of objects oscillate within an occasionally laconic symbolism. Airplanes crash and burn next to skyscrapers, suggesting something dramatically dangerous. Elsewhere, flying objects, dragons, parachutes, and balloons are made to float, as it were, weightless, ephemeral manifestations of a universe that takes memory, life, and death as one.