Tino Geiss EinblickeJanuary 30th to April 13 2014

Galerie OMS Pradhan is proud to announce the first solo exhibition of Tino Geiss in Belgium. Tino Geiss lives and works in Leipzig where he graduated at the Leipzig Art Academy as „Meisterschüler“ under Neo Rauch. He later also had a residency at Casa Baldi of the academy Villa Massimo, Rome, which is considered as one of the highest distinctions for a young german artist.

It can be said that Geiss produces a canon of work that surprises, seen it is comig from a young painter- not by stirring up controversy, that wouldn´t be a surprise after all, but by its focus on subtle beauty. In contrast to lot of other works of the Leipziger Schule the figurative elements in Geiss´ works are not loaded with meaning into the last stroke of the brush- they show bouquets of flowers, birds and interiors. Though worked out in an abstract way, they are in their formal approach much closer to works of baroque stillives or works of Impressionists than to many contemporary works. An obvious comparison would lead to Odilon Redon. With their effervescent, colorful depictions of bouquets hanging in front of an undefined monochromatic background, mostly held in earthy colours, there is a startling similarity in their works. Alas, while you mostly find the baroquian stilllives to be a reference towards Vanitas and Odilon Redon talking about his paintings being an exploration of his internal feelings and psyche, aiming to „place the visible at the service of the invisible“ you will find little of these subtexts in the works of Geiss. Instead of placing the visible at the service of the invisble he much rather strives to make the frequently overlooked beauty more visible to our eyes. His focus herein is not so much on the correct reproduction of the content viewed or its naturalistic representation, but on the exploitation of wide ranging techniques that are offered to him through the medium of painting. The experimentation with different techniques and materials extends also into other work groups of Tino Geiss. In his collages he recycles the tapes that he used to mask his paintings. Putting them layer upon layer onto a carton he produces a work surface which forms the starting point for the quest into his new subject. By cutting into the layers and scratching them off bit by bit, like a sculptor carving into his material, he slowly unravels the image for which he often draws his inspiration in classical german literature and art historical personas.

Sofie Verbrugghen, January 2014, Brussels