"The works of Christoph Brech make space wide, and time precious." (Thomas Wagner)
Everyday events and phenomena of nature are the breeding ground for Brech's films. As in No. 5 / C-sharp minor where the hand movements of the orchestral conductor directing Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony create a highly aesthetic light-sketch, or in La Sosta where the evening sky over Rome becomes a canvas recording the birds' masterful patterns. In the video Sea Force One the artist focuses on the black-painted outer wall of an anchored vessel, which is cleaned by longshoremen. The soap foam forms an abstract painting on the surface, which dissolves into an endless loop, and finally reverts back to flourish again.
In Brech's work, seemingly ordinary situations condense into allegories. Light, sounds, music, objects and places merge into intensive snapshots full of poetic power: his imagery re-sensitizes the eyes to the beauty in the detail and serves as a counterpoint to the everyday affairs of our constantly changing present.
Christoph Brech, 2006 fellow of the Villa Massimo in Rome and winner of the Will-Grohmann-Price of the Berlin Academy of Arts, is considered one of the most important contemporary video artists. His works are represented in prestigious collections such as the Art Collection of the German Federation, the Ingvild Goetz Collection in Munich and the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt am Main. Parallel to the exhibition at the Gallery KUNSTAGENTEN the artist's work is shown in a comprehensive solo exhibition at the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich.