Cologne

C. O. Paeffgen

Dietmar Werle

Like the work of Joseph Beuys, Sigmar Polke, and Michael Buthe, C. O. Paeffgen's art is a primal art, an art of fantasy, memory, desire, and emotional, seasonal expression. But for their respective primal energies Beuys, Polke, and Buthe have all found outlets (in ideology, alchemy, and a fascination with non-European cultures respectively) that have expansively directed them out into the world. Paeffgen, on the other hand, has undertaken a modest, intimate voyage, a voyage “autour de sa chambre.” Recently, he has used photographic images from newspapers and periodicals in his work; through these images, his scornful irony and sincere tenderness have ventured into countless corners of the earth, touching equally a flower or a prince, an object of consumption or a star. Paeffgen emphasizes the outlines of figures with a thick mark, enlarging them on the canvas and embellishing them with

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