Jochen P. Heite: Der Schwarze Reiter /The Black Rider     
12 March—16 April 2016        

The Black Rider gallops a sharp course through modernity by night and wind. He touches not only Stella and Rothko but also Förg and Kirkeby. He even does not shy away from a Klimt. When he jumps over the big ditch, Kasimir's icon painting is reflected in the murky water and a worn blue almanac flashes out of the undergrowth. Like Kara Ben Nemsi, the artist puts his hands between his horse's ears and calls out its name. Jochen P. Heite [76] knows what he is doing with his young, fresh works. He laughs at the Erlkönig.

Jochen P. Heite paints black works:
»Black is as pleasant a colour to me as red or green is to others. It has no symbolic value for me, I use it as a possibility of creative condensation and abstraction. I find differentiation in the use of a wide variety of black media such as crayons, charcoal, graphite and oil paints in the most diverse states. The application of impasto, greasy, shiny oil paint enables me to get brightness into the black picture surfaces through reflection. As a former stage designer, however, I still use my paintings to create depths of space around the attractive stage actor, in this case around the viewer of the painting.... Even more important to me than conveying harmonious composition to the viewer is that he comes to himself in a similar way to a musical experience. I have no answers to representational questions in my paintings.« 

The artist was asked how he could describe his paintings in the exhibition.
His answer: »The basic tenor is nothingness. Nothing is the sum of a multiplicity.«
—Josef Filipp

Jochen P. Heite was born in Rostock in 1940. He studied education in Magdeburg and art in Erfurt and worked as an art teacher and stage designer. From 1989 to 1991 he lived in Crete, Greece. Jochen P. Heite lives and works in Magdeburg.
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