Armin Boehm

Kunstverein Braunschweig

Armin Boehm’s painting paradoxically concerns itself with ways of rendering invisibility visible. At the same time, his work constantly thematizes light. In the large-format nocturnal views of high-rise facades in the series “Untitled (Riot),” 2007–, for instance, apartment lights and what might be street lamps glow in the darkness as faint notes of color. These pictures are based on motifs from the Parisian banlieues, generalized as nonplaces and atmospherically heightened by being repeatedly painted over in glazelike layers. The isolated light sources floating above the image seem only to lend the penetratingly cold blackness even more weight. Boehm juxtaposes such images of an infinity “out there” with a quintessentially subjective space: the human countenance. This is made explicit in the portraits Haló, 2009, and Se Taire, 2008. These mostly black-and-white paintings show a man and

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