New York

Christof Kohlhofer

Protetch McNeil

Christof Kohlhofer is a real wunderkind—a genuine wild man, an authentic German-American hybrid, utilizing the perverse best of the two modes: cockeyed commentary on a cockeyed world, and the use of visual hype to show up the media hype in terms of which we think we live our lives. His surfaces are febrile and fierce, and at the same time frivolous, as though the horrific images he traffics in are one big decorative throwaway—the only way to make them push their way to visibility in a world already saturated with the visible, a world in which all appearances seem fake and nobody knows what a true one would be. Kohlhofer gives us the true appearance by exploiting the familiar one until it starts raving maniacally. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves—portraits of our Presidents done on towels, reducing them to cheap souvenirs of our political consciousness (and “dedicated to Ronald Reagan dem

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