Udo Koch

Kunsthalle Bern

Udo Koch uses outlines of his own hand, the silhouettes of certain plants, or old teapots, as a starting point for his paintings and sculptures, transforming them through layering, mirroring, and inversion. What in words may sound so complex as to be incomprehensible comes off, in its visual form, as disarmingly simple and rich. In Koch’s work a seamless conjunction of simplicity and complexity results in startling forms that could only be the result of careful planning. New forms are achieved through the mutation of familiar structures, resulting in hybrids that contain both fragments of their original form and traces of repeated manipulation. Through recognizably traced outlines and the negative spaces between them Koch takes the viewer into an uncharted region between nature and artifice, organic form and construction, in drawings, reliefs, and sculptures that meditate on the nature of

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