Peer Boehm’s paintings and drawings revolve around the subject of the fragmentary perception of reality or the memory of what has been seen and experienced. The artist uses photographic templates taken from the Internet or albums bought at flea markets. The choice of subjects is intuitive and not systematic; it depends on “how much they [the subjects] touch me or remind me of my own life” (Boehm 2019).
Boehm reduces the photographs on the computer to the extent that the motif is formed by light-dark contrasts. He translates this change, using acrylic, watercolor, pen or ink, but also coffee or rust, onto canvas and paper, whereby original maps and nautical charts or accounting documents serve as image carriers. The blank spaces resulting from the reduction process point to the phenomenon of the incomplete memory of self, which is accentuated by a discreetly chosen colouring of the works.
Peer Boehm was born in Cologne in 1968 and studied art history, German and archaeology at Cologne University from 1990 to 1994. He co-founded the artist collectives itinerarTi (1999) and Die Kunstkreditkarte – Was Schönes für unterwegs (2006). His paintings and works on paper are presented at art fairs in Germany and abroad, such as art KARLSRUHE or paper positions Berlin, as well as in solo and group shows. Boehm lives and works in Cologne.