PIFO Exhibition | Enrico Bach: Deep Cover

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PIFO Gallery is pleased to present you the German artist Enrico Bach’s second gallery solo exhibition in China, Enrico Bach: Deep Cover, which will include his works since 2016. In recent years, Enrico Bach has held solo exhibitions in China in different places as PIFO Gallery, Guangdong Museum of Art and the Long Museum hiart space, and also participated in many international art fairs such as ABHK, Art Cologne, Vienna Contemporary, West Bund, Art021 Shanghai and Art Shenzhen.
Enrico Bach's recent works are treading the fine line between a sculpturally plausible painting and painting that joyfully embraces its own self-sufficiency, which follow the sensitive spirit of a young artist from the initial industrial schema, and freely connect with the spirit of the traditional western painting images in the in-depth visual structure. With their casual references to real, daily necessities, his current compositions exude a surreal charm for they operate on the borderline between liberty with meaning and allusions to the banal.

Enrico Bach
Oil on canvas
140 x 115 cm

Enrico Bach
Oil on canvas
195 x 155 cm

Bach’s pictorial inventions draw on a number of achievements in the history of European art. They are heirs to the tradition of still life painting that sought to define art and its epistemology, to both analytical and synthetic Cubism as well as to the Op Art of the 1960s that grew out of Bauhaus geometry. At the same time some of Bach’s works refer back to the colour–light dramaturgy of the early modern era and Dutch Baroque art, while others reference the trompe-l’oeil still life paintings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly the mischievous art quodlibets, which assembled writings, letters, notes, and objects from middle-class writing rooms into cryptic portraits of their owners, into small cabinetsof evocative memorabilia or portraits of friends and family.

Enrico Bach
Oil on canvas
280 x 210 cm

His works cannot be read as a rebus can, nor do they tell stories, but present details and sections of instrumentaria — folders, indexes, grids — which can be used to produce order and structure, the media of an epoch that generates and manages data. Once upon a time trompe-l’oeil not only demonstrated the mastery of the artist as a worthy successor to Zeuxis, but also told us that we should not trust our senses and sensory impressions implicitly because they can be deceived and seduced, are easily thrown off balance.

Enrico Bach
Oil on canvas
240 x 190 cm

In a calculated and well-ordered way, Bach’s paintings thematise discontinuity without drama. Nevertheless, one cannot help but think that they also reflect on contemporary phenomena: our interaction with more and more surfaces, superficiality, and changing sets and backdrops — even if it’s only on the surface.

Enrico Bach
Oil on canvas
195 x 155 cm

Enrico Bach
Oil on canvas
280 x 210 cm

About the Artist

Enrico Bach, German, born in Leipzig in 1980. Lives and works in Karlsruhe. Bach graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe in 2010 and completed his Masters studies under Prof. Gustav Kluge from 2010 to 2011. He has held 16 solo exhibitions and participated in over 30 group exhibitions since 2010. His works are represented in numerous private and public collections. 2013, Debutant award of the State Academy of Fine Arts; 2012, Scholarship of the Art Funds, Bonn; 2011 and 2007, Winner of the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe; 2010, Residence Scholarship Stephan Balkenhol.

November 14 (Thursday), 2019, 16:00 - 18:00

Exhibition Duration
November 15 - December 31, 2019, 10:00 - 18:00
(Closed on Mondays and public holidays)

B-11, No.2 Rd, 798 Art Zone

About the Gallery

PIFO Gallery concentrates on the participation of the course of Chinese contemporary art and the exploration of post-war European master artists and seeking for all possibilities of art power in the dialogue and collision between the two aspects. As a major gallery in China specialized in the study and promotion of abstract art, and also the main institution to continuously explore the various possibilities of figurative art at present, PIFO is convinced that the experience of art emerges from the new world created by one revolution after another; The artist's work is the third eye to explore the world. For collectors, PIFO provides expertise and encourages them to explore their own unique perspective because only the combination of the two can make a great collection. We hope to see a growing number of collectors to take on the roles of a connoisseur, with a more in-depth understanding of Asian and Western contemporary art, and appreciate the artists discovered, reshaped and firmly believed in by the gallery.

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