Johannes Geuer

Galerie & Edition Marlene Frei

This exhibition offered a series of 33 identically sized paintings by Johannes Geuer. Completed between 1986 and 1988, they bear the overall title “Polaroids.” The title is used metaphorically: the paintings are not necessarily based on Polaroid photographs. Geuer takes a conceptual approach; he provides a framework in order to project his own images as visions and to keep them captive. The immediately recognizable photographic subject matter of these paintings forms a thematic context: not only does it supply a self-evident touch of privacy, the character of a family album documenting the most disparate events, but it also suggests the works’ authentic reality. Thus the paintings operate on two levels: that of context, by integrating the most varied elements into a continuum of experience, and that of perception, by constantly confronting the painted images—though in a detached way—with

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