Berlin

Peter Pommerer

Galerie Gebauer

Without mutual trust this exhibition might not have been possible. The Galerie Gebauer left its rooms to Stuttgart artist Peter Pommerer so that he could spend three weeks filling them with large-format wall drawings—knowing full well that, given his working method, he might produce anything from rhizomatic scribbling to cross-cultural ornamentation, from children’s-room fantasies to crude configurations of bodies in the spirit of art brut. But, in the end, Pommerer controlled himself: With minimal watercolor strokes and colored-pencil lines, one room was made a sort of jungle, a second inscribed with a quote from Schiller, and the third covered with a silhouette-style frieze of penguins.

Rather than following a strict narrative form, Pommerer lets his motifs proliferate; archaic signs overlap with citations from comic strips. He creates an image-surface that does not differentiate between

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