Christof Kohlhofer

Max Protetch

Christof Kohlhofer is a master of reverberant collisions. His imagery releases an exhilarating stream of consciousness which courses through popular culture, “high” art, current affairs, consumerism, politics, and the hagiography of crime. A seemingly expansive sentimentality acts as bait for what is ultimately revealed as mordant social satire, the essence of which conforms to what Samuel Johnson termed “discordia concors: a combination of dissimilar images, or discovery of occult resemblances in things apparently unlike.” One senses in Kohlhofer an artist reveling in the programmatic abandon of discordia concors, and encouraging us to do the same.

The most glamorous element in this installation, “The Ersatz Piece and the real thing . . .,” was Leopard Avenue, Corpus Christi, Texas, a series of three paintings depicting a section of a motel court and its swimming pool seen at dawn, midday,

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