Nachrichten in Anführungsstrichen C.O. Paeffgen

Cologne 2018/04/20 2018/05/27

C.O. Paeffgen loves the news.
Only reading newspapers has never been satisfying him, and so he started setting up his very own headlines.
Paeffgen has become known through wrappings of everyday objects and borders around images published in newspapers. His artistic practices have been unparalleled approaches on archiving, conceived by a subtle observer of the presence. Paeffgen, who was born in 1933, has not stopped following world affairs since then in spite of his advanced age.

Throughout the past 30 years, he created a world of news, a journal on canvasses, consisting of headlines, newsflashes, and text excerpts. Words and outcries surrounded by intense colors seek attention without trying too hard. Paeffgen’s headlines are replete with plain yet elegant jokes and analogue versions of clickbaiting in its best form.

Nachrichten in Anführungsstrichen shows the news straight from the newsroom of C.O. Paeffgen for the first time ever. The exhibition is the first of the artist with Ruttkowski;68 and his very last one for the moment.

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