Martin Kobe | the artist

The artist Martin Kobe
Born 1973, Dresden, Germany.
Lives and works in Leipzig, Germany, .

Style and technique of the artist: Painting,

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Martin Kobe creates dynamic architectural visions in paint: virtual spaces that, while meticulously executed, seem provisional and in the process of collapse.

When looking at the work of the painter Martin Kobe one is reminded of another of Cage’s aphorisms, ‘if someone says can’t, that shows you what to do’. For his paintings engage and contest many of the timeless-unresolved and dialectical issues of formal image reconciliation. And, as with all painting there is a consideration of fiction and fact, space and time, part and whole, and the painterly processes of their realisation. This is not to say, however, that Kobe is a formalist in the modernist sense of its usage. But his work does pursue aspects of phenomenological investigation of the architectonics of space, (im)-possible worlds, and the making of marks that pose provisional investigative conclusions. That is provisional to the extent that there is always another painting ahead of him: another painting to paint…

Martin Kobes kühl komponierte Bilder voller sich ineinander verschachtelnder Raumfluchten und phantastischer Konstruktionen wirken in Ihrer intensiven Farbigkeit wie eine schöne, idealisierte Architekturvision…

aus der Mappe anlässlich der Ausstellung "sieben mal Malerei"