Peter Schmersal

Galerie Karsten Greve | Cologne

If the discussion surrounding the concept of post-Modernism has achieved anything by rejecting a linear idea of history and advocating the irrevocable heterogeneity of various paradigms, it has allowed us to see art like that of Peter Schmersal, which previously might simply have been overlooked. Schmersal’s paintings run counter to the usual idea of innovation, for they problematize conventional genres such as landscape and still life.

“Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?” was the ironic question Richard Hamilton posed in the title of his famous 1952 Pop collage. In the art of the late ’80s, we were again confronted with the accumulated signs and commodities that constitute the texture of contemporary life. In his first one-person show Schmersal inverts the focus of these investigations. Just what is so unusual, so attractive, he asks, about the forgotten

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