New York

Kocheisen + Hullmann

Annina Nosei Gallery

With tongue-in-cheek innocence, the artistic duo Thomas Kocheisen and Ulrike Hullmann disclose the unspeakable banality of the modern world. Unlike Baudelaire, who struggled to convince himself that the new mundaneness was implicitly “metaphysical”, Kocheisen + Hullmann no longer seek to transcend banality by turning it into something magical. Like many of us, they accept the disenchanted lot of being modern: disillusionment as the price of enlightenment.

Underneath the routine, almost mechanical descriptiveness and conceptual wit of these works lies a ruthless realism. Kocheisen + Hullmann choose a commonplace site (a slice of their world), photograph it, then retire to separate studios to paint and sometimes sculpturally reconstruct it from the photograph. Naturally enough, each comes up with a slightly different work. The two works are then exhibited together to form a kind of diptych,

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