Cologne

Karin Kneffel

Galerie Sophia Ungers

Karin Kneffel paints in ways that, seen superficially, seem like ironic and irksome internal measures aimed at pictorial deformations. Yet these canvases are anything but a painter’s Modernistic laments. In her depictions of animals, Kneffel takes energetic steps back into painting, toward painting. The very big- or very small-format works here show dogs, poultry, horses, rabbits, and wild boars. Bizarre, absurd, yet somehow appealing, these excellently painted animals, whether in masses or in isolation, consistently function as independent entities in regard to the overall composition. These creatures look realistic, but never naturalistic. Thus, the wild boar artificially and artistically springs through the dark-gray composition, lonesome and with a slightly somnambular squint. In a tension-provoking atmosphere, the hunting dogs wait amid plants, panting and wagging their tails. The

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