Cologne

Peter Bömmels

Galerie Paul Maenz

Furniere der Schatz” (Veneer the treasure): like all Peter Bömmels’ exhibitions, this one focused on the content of the works. On display were 40 small works (all 1989) painted on fine, frail veneer leaves, that were divided into ten sections, each with a mock-serious title. Here, Bömmels uses real, not mythical subjects, that refer to functions, differences, and problems of gender, belief, art, and politics. Humor runs as a current through many of the works, as, for example, in Künstler transzendiert Zebrastreifen (Artist transcends zebra crossing). Bömmels is an artistic autodidact with a peculiarly stylized pictorial language and his method is to translate his stages of thought directly into visual images that are comprehensible by a wide public.

In most of these works, Bömmels carefully and sparingly outlines figures on the veneers, filling them with yellow oil paint. These tiny

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