The series "Reminiscence" of Stephan Kaluza shows painting, oil on canvas, from the year 2014. On view are mostly black-and-white painted landscapes, provided with sharp contrasts and adequate depth effects.
The contours get lost in the white "nothingness" and so clarify the content-related reference: the nature seems to disappear, to get lost in this nothingness in a dissolving manner. Kaluza, explores in this way how far the human cosmos is still connected with a genuine cosmos (nature), or how much both have already been cut off from each other.
Kaluza uses nature as a kind of surface matrix, so that it no longer acts as a habitat, but as a pure visibility conceived in disappearance. In this way, these paintings also deal with the vision – by hiding a lost origin, which is no longer subject to the perception, but the reminiscence. For this reason, the choice of motifs is special; in part, in the collective memory, places with negative connotations are selected, such as Auschwitz.
Stephan Kaluza: Born in 1964, Kaluza studies Arts and Philosophy in his academic life. Up to now, he has opened solo exhibitions in various countries including Germany, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, China, Korea and Brazil in addition to joining several group exhibtions. Some of the collections that he has included are Museum Walter (Augsburg), Collection Munoz (Madrid), Museum of the Seam (Jerusalem) and White & Case (Berlin). In the recent years, the artist has published several publications and has gained awards such as Art Chicago (2003) and ARCO (2004).