Gallery 151 is delighted to be showing for the first time here in Belgium the work of Peter Khol, an Austrian by birth now based in Carinthia. The exhibition entitled ‘Rabbit in a Hole’ runs from 15th November 2018 to the 15th January 2019.
Kohl´s works are a passionate declaration of belief in fantasy, the absurd, and the adventure that can be art. His universe is light-years away from all that that could fall under the possible remit of labels and conventions. In his world, pigs are green, Hitler wears pink underpants and Mickey Mouse is a rat. Attraction or repulsion, beauty or fright – where´s the difference? If upon seeing these beings the viewers don´t step back in fear, well they can surely laugh at themselves. This game of colours, shapes, short texts is an event that strikes at the heart of something.
Peter kohl has moved back to the former farm of his parents in the Ebenthal, Carinthia. He´s a person that needs space, he´s an indefatigably active man, who doesn´t find it difficult to fill those old barns, bursting with agricultural tools, with life.
A work from 2013 is called “Wanderweg in meine Welt”, and a quote by the artist says, “to me, my work has to represent a means to find the way within me”. This makes sense, as his prominent name and the year in which the work was completed affixed to the painting are more than just a mere signature and date. This is an integral part of the painting and is a statement which screams out to the viewers, “I exist and I was her”.
Text by: Antje Lechleitner, Germany
‘Rabitt in a Hole’ by Peter Khol will be at Gallery 151 from the 15th November to 15th January 2019. The gallery is open from Thursday to Saturday between 15.00 and 18.00 and by appointment. For all information please contact Simona El-Harar or Tim Grosvenor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone (+32) 472 95 34 44
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Lives and works in the south of Carinthia, Austria,
Member oft he professional organisation of fine arts Austria
Studies at the institute of art and philosophy Carinthia
BV Gallery, Klagenfurt, Austria
Gallery Angerer, Tirol, Austria
Alpe Adria Gallery, Klagenfurt, Austria
Art Gallery2, Triest, Italy
Gallery HEST, Ljublijana, Slovenia
Gallery Sikoronja, Rossegg, Carinthia, Austria
Gallery Art Felicia, Mauren, Liechtenstein
Gallery Hall of Arts Hosp, Nassereith, Tirol
Gallery Benedict, Vienna, Austria
Gallery INART, Stuttgart, Germany
Gallery INART, Berlin, Germany
Gallery House of modern Art, Germany
Gallery 60, Vorarlberg, Austria
Gallery Z, Vorarlberg, Austria
Gallery ARS NOVA, Lodz, Poland
Gallery Milk Ressort, Feldkirch, Austria
Gallery Szalc, Bonn, Germany
HOGallery, Magdeburg, Germany
Slovene Fine Artists societies, Ljublijana, Slovenia
Art Bodensee, Austria,
Art Innsbruck, Austria,
Art Vienna, Austria
Line Art, Ghent, Belgium
Art Amsterdam, Netherlands
Art Verona, Italy,
Art Karlsruhe, Germany
Positions, Berlin, Germany
On first impression Peter Kohl´s pictures resemble preshool children´s paintings. However, this is deseptive, as he is able to depict a central theme on several levels, thus producting elaborate paintings. The scribbelt stickman, the grotesque faces, the immediacy oft he concept or the expressive lines, all voice opposition, with touching ruthlessness, tot he physical and psychial violence of small-mindedness.