Hödicke exposes the view behind the scenes of the domestic facade. An open toilet seat can be found here, as well as cleaning gloves hung over a bucket to dry or an assembly of toiletries on the sink. Human protagonists are not visible, but they leave obvious traces of their actions: a piece of clothing has been left next to a washing machine as if it had been hastily filled or emptied, the freshly fried egg is ready to be eaten at any moment, a pan has been left on the stove and the beverage carton is already torn. The depiction of kitchen and toiletry items has a long tradition in art history dating back to the 16th century. Beyond that, Hödicke’s stylistic proximity to Pop Art is evident not only through the strong colors, but also through the choice of motif, as Claes Oldenburg, for example, had already discovered the toilet as a subject for his art in the 1960s.
in Hödicke' works arises to a considerable extent from their medium. Painting
is, ideally and technically speaking, the antithesis of the snapshot; not so
with Karl Horst Hödicke. He says of himself that he is a fast painter. He never
uses oil paints, their texture is too thick, thus making the painting process
too slow. Hödicke mixes his own colors so that he can apply them directly, creating
the almost sketchy lightness of his style. The gestural power of Hödicke's
painting is also evident in the works shown in the exhibition, as is the tendency
towards abstraction. Three-dimensional objects become color surfaces and yet he
remains connected to figurative painting, the objects always retain their
Hödicke has always consistently painted what surrounds him. And these are often the very mundane things of everyday life.
Hödicke (*1938 in Nuremberg/Germany) is a contemporary German artist known for
his neo-expressionist paintings.
After moving to Berlin in 1957, Hödicke became one of the spokesmen for a small group of boisterous young critical minds who wanted to revolutionize painting. Along with Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorf, and A.R. Penck, Hödicke was a pioneer of German Neo-Expressionism and New Figuration. In 1978, he was one of the main protagonists and drivers of the Junge Wilde movement, which emerged in German-speaking countries in opposition to established minimal and conceptual strategies. As a professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, he influenced subsequent generations of painters for decades.
Karl Horst Hödicke has had a retrospective of his work on view at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich in 2020 and at the Palais Populaire in Berlin from 2020 to 2021. Currently, his works are part of the group exhibition "German Pop - Thomas Bayrle, K.H. Hödicke, Jörg Immendorf, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter" at the Museum Brandhorst in Munich.
Karl Horst Hödicke lives and works in Berlin.