Artist: Raimer Jochims
Venue: Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt
Exhibition Title: Stones
Date: March 15 – April 28, 2019
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Images courtesy of Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt
The central theme of Raimer Jochims’ oeuvre is the creation of works that explore the nature of color and its perception. But even though the work groups „Verläufe/Gradient“ (1962-1973/4) and „Form der Farbe/Shape of color“ (1974-2016) could be referred as color field painting, Raimer Jochims is neither interested in formal abstraction of shapes, nor in an expressive or symbolic representation of motifs or content. Raimer Jochims rather engages with the very identity and being of color.
His work group „Stones“ (since 1976), deals with found natural stones. In a long process, often taking years, Raimer Jochims works on their surface with a chisel, until they are “as differentiated as necessary, and as taut as possible” (Quote: Jochims). With the chiseling as well as with the reception of the stones, Jochims associates sensitivity, humility and permanence. Their relationship to the earth manifests itself in their origin as well as their presentation on the ground. Their organic forms link above and below, left and right, front and back, thus balancing out the rectangular spaces where they are presented.
By using an approach that combines positivist (“seeing means not succumbing to sensuality”, work note April 14, 1997) and spiritual elements (“to give energy, not consume it”), Raimer Jochims aims for an abstraction that wants to be neither less nor more than representation. Believing in a cosmic order of the world, he wants the beholder to have a constructive, “life-sustaining” visual experience that goes far beyond just training the gaze.