Bruno Jakob

Galerie Peter Kilchmann

Giving his monochromatic works titles like Unzipped, Contributed to the Air, Flickering Memory, and Mashed Potatoes (Still Collecting), Bruno Jakob evoked a range of images, from the abstract to the richly figurative, as well as a web of allusions to the history of painting. In the exhibition one was confronted, in different sizes and formats, with works on paper, canvas, and photo paper, all of which had been primed in various shades of green, either actually (in the case of the canvases) or “invisibly” (the artist claims the photo and paper works are green, though no color meets the eye). It was as if Jakob were inviting imagined pictures to meet on the stretched framework of painting, on the untouched ground that one conventionally thinks of as being neutral. Only faint, wavy lines on the paper and fine, almost imperceptible blurs on the canvas quietly insinuated that this body of work

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