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Kotscha Reist

*1963 Bern, lives and works in Thun www.kotschareist.ch

  • Cuts I, 2018
  • Lithography on Rives handmade paper, 7-coloured
  • Edition of: 15
  • Size of image: 84,50 cm x 75,00 cm
  • Size: 84,50 cm x 75,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 800.00
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  • Cuts II, 2018
  • Lithography on Rives laid paper, 4-coloured
  • Edition of: 15
  • Size of image: 84,50 cm x 75,00 cm
  • Size: 84,50 cm x 75,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 800.00
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Kotscha Reist's work is characterized by the painterly discourse of interpreting photographic models from everyday life. Again and again, the artist abstracts everyday motifs and practices to the point of seeming unrecognizability and challenges viewers to make their own references to their origin.

In the large-format lithographs of the series "Cuts", abstract lines are at the centre, which, through their specific arrangement, suggest the appearance of a deep-space illusion. The lines are incisions that the artist has made with the help of a Japanese knife on a cardboard base. This technique allows a wide variation in line thickness, from thin, to wide, to deep, to faint. Reist drew these incisions in enlarged form and transferred them to backgrounds of varying colours. The muted tones, from old pink and ochre to rich black and rusty brown, are typical of Reist's color spectrum and, in combination with handmade paper, convey an organic character.
His "cuts" appear spatially deep and flat at the same time, are self-contained and radiate calm. They are coherent in themselves and thus remind one of a Japanese haiku - a traditional Japanese poem form. The large-format works, which were printed without margins, are particularly effective as diptychs.

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  • Chinese Landscape I/2016
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 30
  • Size of image: 50,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 460.00
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  • Chinese Landscape II/2016
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 30
  • Size of image: 50,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 460.00
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  • Chinese Landscape III/2016
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 30
  • Size of image: 50,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Size: 50,00 cm x 60,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 460.00
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Series

  • Alle 3 Arbeiten (I-III/2016)
  • Edition of: 30
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 1200.00
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Kotscha Reist's paintings are based on photographs, which he freely interprets, and sometimes varies, on picture carriers. Mostly the references are taken from newspapers and magazines, but he often also uses his own photographs. Regardless of the motifs, however, the focus is always on one thing: life itself. They are all pictures from life and pictures about life, whereby the emphasis is placed on the supposedly banal, exaggerating it and thus removing it from reality. The motif for the triptych "Chinese Landscape" was created during an artist residency in Henan (China). Reist was invited to explore the landscape there, which plays an important role in traditional Chinese painting, and to produce landscape paintings on site. Since it is not part of his creative style to paint traditional landscapes, he looked for a different approach and found it in an incidental motif: the ribbons that are wrapped around the painting paper in China became for him a calligraphic landscape, which postulates a conception of landscape beyond expectations and yet works with what he finds.

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  • < Back through window > 2013
  • Heliogravure/brush etching/aquatint
  • Edition of: 20
  • Size of image: 37,50 cm x 29,00 cm
  • Size: 67,00 cm x 55,50 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
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  • < The Turkish letter > 2013
  • Heliogravure/brush etching/aquatint
  • Edition of: 20
  • Size of image: 37,50 cm x 29,00 cm
  • Size: 67,00 cm x 55,50 cm
  • Production: Arno Hassler, Moutier
  • CHF 500.00
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  • Back through window/The Turkish letter (Dipt.) 2013
  • Edition of: 20
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 880.00
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The diptych by Kotscha Reist shows the view through an airplane window ("Back through window") and fragments of a person sitting at a table putting something down on paper ("The Turkish letter"). In the background of this interior, the lower part of a window is visible, so here, too, the view into the distance is not missing. Although the subjects are very different, both evoke a mood of longing and play with the theme of distance. One could also speak of a relationship of simultaneity. On the first sheet, a distance from A to B is actually covered - sublime above all earthly things - which perhaps evokes the desire for something deprived/distant. On the second sheet, the distance between sender and receiver is overcome by the medium of letters, longings can be noted. As is often the case in the works of Kotscha Reist, scenes are also carefully hinted at in these works. They are excerpts from life, whose context and interpretation are hinted at but not fixed.

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  • < Country Rock 1 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
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  • < Country Rock 2 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
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  • < Country Rock 3 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
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  • < Country Rock 4 > 2010
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 35
  • Size of image: 20,00 cm x 25,00 cm
  • Size: 42,00 cm x 33,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 280.00
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  • Alle 4 Arbeiten (1-4/2010)
  • Edition of: 35
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 960.00
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Kotscha Reist calls the new series of four lithographs "Country Rock". The works show landscapes with trees, a house, a helicopter, the legs of an animal and its shadow. "Country Rock" suggests a "loud" image. But the lithographs are exactly the opposite: the motifs seem slightly removed, as if wrapped in cotton wool, and they are kept in an intimate format. "The reason for his pictorial inventions is his photographic material, which comes from various sources. Reist usually enlarges and alienates a model. He makes the painted motif appear as if through a veil - and thus almost makes it disappear. This dialectic of presence and absence of things runs through his work from the very beginning." (Konrad Tobler)

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  • < Zweierkiste > 1/07
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 50
  • Size of image: 52,00 cm x 37,00 cm
  • Size: 75,00 cm x 58,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 360.00
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  • < Zweierkiste > 2/07
  • Lithography
  • Edition of: 50
  • Size of image: 33,00 cm x 55,00 cm
  • Size: 58,00 cm x 75,00 cm
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 360.00
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  • Beide Arbeiten (2007) zusammen
  • Edition of: 50
  • Production: Thomi Wolfensberger, Zurich
  • CHF 640.00
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In his painting and paper works, Kotscha Reist cultivates the narrative that can arise from the fragment of a scene. This is also shown by the titles of his paintings, such as "Zweierkiste" in the present works. He is not concerned with illustration, but with the potential of a mostly simple and everyday motif, which, when viewed, raises the question of before and after. This openness, in which the familiar irritates, also raises the question of how the image is anchored: its origin lies ultimately in memory. Reist's painting technique shows a thin, multi-layered application of paint. The luminosity of the colours is subdued and in turn reflects a nuanced interplay of existence and disappearance. The painted empty space occupies an important place.

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  • Reservoir 2003
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 60
  • Size of image: 37,00 cm x 30,00 cm
  • Size: 56,50 cm x 47,00 cm
  • Production: Tom Blaess, Bern
  • CHF 280.00
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  • Modèle Feuilles 2003
  • Direct flat printing
  • Edition of: 60
  • Size of image: 37,00 cm x 30,00 cm
  • Size: 56,50 cm x 47,00 cm
  • Production: Tom Blaess, Bern
  • CHF 280.00
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  • Beide Blätter 2003
  • Edition of: 60
  • Production: Tom Blaess, Bern
  • CHF 400.00
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