IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME - Solo Exhibition at Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin 7.11. - 19.12.2015, OPENING Friday 6th November 7-9pm

IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME - Solo Exhibition at Lehr Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin 7.11. - 19.12.2015. OPENING Friday 6th November 7-9pm,Großbeerenstr. 16, 10963 BerlinStudio Installation View of Time Dimensionality (and the 1911 Cubist Monkey), 2014

“Only time(whatever that may be) will tell.”  ― Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Virtual and Time Being – Christopher Winter

For several years, the British artist Christopher Winter has dealt with the human yearning for the supernatural, his obsession with the creation of illusions and the urge to manipulate reality.

In his Speculative Realism series, Winter deals with different aspects of our reality. The works have been influenced by the novel 1Q84 (phonetically in Japanese: 1984) by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami. 1Q84 alludes to George Orwell‘s novel 1984. However, unlike Orwell, Murakami depicts the year 1984 as it could be and not as it will be. In 1Q84 Murakami crea­tes a parallel world, a tear in the fabric of time, which has created an alternative present. His protagonists gradually discover that they are no longer living in Tokyo in 1984, but in the year 1Q84.

Winter also confronts the viewer in his new work with a second reality. In the narrative intensity characterised by these visual worlds, the familiar mixes with the unknown, the probable with the puzzling, and the mundane with the absurd. Artefacts, which are part of recognizable reality, obtain a second identity on the canvas. For example, the abstract painting 1911 Cubist Monkey appears in the background of Time Dimensionality (and the 1911 Cubist Monkey). In addition, it actually exists as a separate physical work that flanks Winter’s painting as an installation. Through this he expands the visual space and explores the boundaries between reality and illusion. Time also makes leaps, shifts and bends between the past and future. Some works like Neo Cubist Mask could be a classical modern piece from the early Twentieth Century while others are dated in the future like Superhero Mask 2099. Thus Winter refers at the same time to the philosophical approach of the artistic style of Cubism but also to the scientific possibility of parallel worlds with time as the fourth dimension. Here reality is the ima­ginable on the verge of absurdity, of fiction; it is the twilight in which Winter locates his work.