There is something fascinating about the characters that Christophe Hohler stages. "Fascinating", however, does not adequately reflect what is happening in us the moment we see his figures. In fact, the fragile silhouettes surrender to us with an immediacy that is so disturbing that we are shaken.
If we look at these disarmed beings, who are held in quiet moments of their existence, we realize how much our gaze is conditioned, indeed tied up. For a long time, the decency forbids to look on fellow human beings. Is not it necessary to be conscientious in avoiding eye contact for too long? Does not propriety today forbid (and understand) others?
With Christophe Hohler - both as artist and as human being - these taboos are lifted. He refuses to conform to this type of convention. When asked, for example, where his characters come from, he simply replies, "By painting, the subject reveals itself." For this reason, he has not needed a model in front of him to give his silhouettes a body. Rather, it is his mental alertness that mobilizes his optical memory and empathy. This convergence leads his hand, and in a few lightning strokes arise "This da", Figure 12-01, individual 1, a refugee group ... Because he paints fast, very fast. You have to see it painting once: With a few color strokes, it invents a body and gives it the desired look. One realizes that he has integrated a multitude of observations and learned by heart the forms that certain mental states can take. And he lets them emerge in truly symptomatic pictures. He shapes the figure with his yellow, with the blue, the red. Especially the red, color of life. "When painting, the subject reveals himself ..." He seeks neither individuality nor likeness; rather, with the unfailing accuracy that is his own, he searches the humanity of the beings. From this he captures a small, intimate part that is her fragility, her radiant dignity. That which we refuse to see, and rightly fascinates us.
© Claude ROSSIGNOL
"il se passe quelque chose dansle ciel" Lithograph on handmade paper57x76 cm Edition 7/50 2013 Christophe Hohler For shipping to non-EU-countries, please contact us by email for the formalities and costs.Any applicable taxes, customs duties and storage costs shall be borne by the buyer.