Vogelfaenger

2007 - 2010

English Title: Bird-catchers

Format:
64 motives, oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm each.

Hunting scenes from a Garden of Earthly Delights
by Sebastian Preuss

Man and bird, a vey special relationship. Our feathered friends stand on two legs, just like us. Their ability to lift off into the sky and perceive the world from above in boundless freedom fills us with envy as well as having inspired our myths and yearnings for millennia. There must be a reason for  so many eagles serving as national heraldic emblems, or for why France honours the Gallic cockerel. Germans use the colloquial expression “vögeln” to describe their love-making activities, Vogel being the German word for bird. Man lusts after birds, he hunts them for pleasure, and rears them in their thousands for food as well as locking them up in concentration camp-like conditions to lay eggs for his consumption. Birds are the epitome of unbridled nature as well as its more elegant and cultivated emanations. It is why nearly every civilisation likes to keep them in cages to enjoy their beauty and their singing at home. Countless species have become extinct due to their human admirers' attentions.

All these connotations play a part in Kai Teichert's Birdcatcher cycle. Producing 64 square canvases over 4 years (2007-2010), each measuring 30 by 30 centimetres, Kai Teichert has created a wonderful and unique series of paintings here. These are joyful scenes from an otherworldly garden of earthly delights. In each painting  a man or a woman - in their birthday suits, just like in paradise - are in pursuit of a bird, using all the tricks at their disposal to catch one. The men preferably employ their genitals for attraction. Hence a wiry hunk pushes his penis, worm-like, through the side of a cardboard box, waiting for a seemingly aloof parrot to pounce, so he can shut the lid on top of it. Another youth, feigning sleep, pushes out his bottom, to which a Kiwi  appears to be magically drawn, while the bird-catcher clutches a string attached to a kiwi fruit-shaped cudgel, about to be released. The women, too, use their erotic charm to trap beautiful birds. A swallow is inevitably caught in slinky hair, playing bill-and-mouth games with a red-headed woman ends in disaster for an unwitting toucan. A vain peacock falls for the wooing of an old lady with a walking stick, simply because she uses a red fan to obscure her face. An ostrich's pursuit of a bearded guy in an erotic pose also does not end well. Each painting features a different bird species, so the entire cycle is also a lusty ornithological excursion. Kai Teichert's imagination is boundless, his frivolous visions are presented like a serial interpretation of dreams. Catching birds in this joyful paradise becomes an allegory for sexual desire, but the human urge to tame nature's beauty also plays a part. Man and beast - a fabulously terrible liaison.

Kai Teichert's technique is old-masterly. He draughts his naked human forms in light and often airy brushstrokes, modelling their flesh and their erotic charms. The birds appear as if just daubed on with the tip of a brush, yet are thoroughly characteristic. The backgrounds are wonderful: full of abstract colour formations, glowing with exciting inner structures. Everything is luminous, it heightens the paradisical effect.

These cheerful paradise landscapes give way to darker, often black backgrounds in the last quarter of the cycle. The action changes and the beast turn on the humans now. In the end they merge into surreal composite creatures: doves with voluptuous breasts, huge male genitals on bird's legs, feathered humans, or birds with the face of a woman. The final picture is really morbid, when Kai Teichert montages his photo self-portrait onto an undead bird skeleton. An empty cage-trap, similar to one depicted in the first picture of the series, and more genitals flying about, point to the futility of the chase. Eventually we're all faced with death, and what remains is our imagination. It is the latter, which finds ample stimulation in this series.

Sebastian Preuss, deputy editor-in-chief Weltkunst magazine, Berlin 2016
translated into English by Jörg von Stein

Exhibitions:

Contemp Munich 2011 
Art Praha 2010
Ausstellungshalle Schulstr. 1A Frankfurt/Main 2008
Kunstverein Friedrichstadt Berlin 2007

Private collections in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, USA & property of the artist.

Exhibitions

Feedback | Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main ,
Sex Rules | Apt. Draschan Vienna/Austria.,
Feedback | Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin,
10 Jahre /10Künstler | Ausstellungshalle Schulstr.1A Frankfurt/Main,
Vogelfaenger 01 Ara, 2008
No.1 Ara
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger 02 Beo, 2008
No.2 Beo
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.3, Taeubchen, 2008
No.3 Taeubchen
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.4 , Gockel, 2008
No.4 Gockel
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.5, Schwan, 2008
No.5 Schwan
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.6, Fasan, 2008
No.6 Fasan
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.7, Kauz, 2008
No.7 Kauz
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.8 Strauss, 2008
No.8 Strauss
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.9,  Flamingo, 2008
No.9 Flamingo
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.10, Buzzard, 2008
No.10 Bussard
Oil on Canvas 30cm x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.11 Ibis, 2008
No.11 Ibis
Oil on Canvas 30cm x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.12 Kueken, 2008
No.12 Kueken
Oil on Canvas 30cm x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.13 Storch, 2008
No.13 Storch
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
No.14 Vogelfaenger, Kakadu, 2008
No.14 Kakadu
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.15 Kiwi, 2008
No.15 Kiwi
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.16 Kraehe, 2008
No.16 Kraehe
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.17 Kolibri, 2008
No.17 Kolibri
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger Gans, 2008
No.18 Gans
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.19 Wellensittich, 2008
No.19 Wellensittich
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.20 Pfau, 2008
No.20 Pfau
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger, No.21 Tukan, 2008
No.21 Tukan
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.22  Schuhschnabel, 2009
No.22 Schuhschnabel
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.23 Kasuar, 2009
No.23 Kasuar
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.24 Pinguin, 2009
No.24 Pinguin
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No. 25 Nonnenkranich, 2009
No.25 Nonnenkranich
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.26 Dompfaff, 2009
No.26 Dompfaff
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.27, Turteltaube, 2009
No.27 Turteltaube
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.28 Truthan, 2009
No.28 Truthan
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.29 Moewe, 2009
No.29 Moewe
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.30 Kondor, 2009
No.30 Kondor
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.31 Adler, 2009
No.31 Adler
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.32 Reiher, 2009
No.32 Reiher
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.33 Henne, 2010
No.33 Henne
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No. 34 Erpel, 2010
No.34 Erpel
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.35 Meise, 2010
No.35 Meise
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.36 Nandu, 2010
No.36 Nandu
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.37  Leierschwanz, 2010
No.37 Leierschwanz
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.38 Specht, 2010
No.38 Specht
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.39 Kormoran, 2010
No.39 Kormoran
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.40 Schwalbe, 2010
No.40 Schwalbe
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.42 Kuckuck, 2010
No.41 Kuckuck
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.42 Marabu, 2010
No. 42 Marabu
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.43 Galgenvogel, 2010
No.43 Galgenvogel
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.44 Kronenkranich, 2010
No.44 Kronenkranich
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.45 Perlhuhn, 2010
No.45 Perlhuhn
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger, No.46b Eagle, 2010
No.46 Eagle
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.47 Rosenkoepfchen, 2010
No.47 Rosenkoepfchen
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.48 Falke, 2010
No.48 Falke
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.49 Schwarzer Schwan, 2010
No.49 Schwarzer Schwan
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.50 Nimmersatt, 2010
No.50 Nimmersatt
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.51 Pelikan, 2010
No.51 Pelikan
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.52 Amazonen, 2010
No.52 Amazonen
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.53 Wiedehopf, 2010
No.53 Wiedehopf
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.54 Wachtel, 2010
No.54 Wachtel
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.55 Nachtigall, 2010
No.55 Nachtigall
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.56 Zaunkoenig, 2010
No.56 Zaunkoenig
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.57 Rotkehlchen, 2010
No.57 Rotkehlchen
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.58 Elster, 2010
No.58 Elster
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.59 Tittentaube, 2010
No.59 Tittentaube
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.60 Schnepfen, 2010
No.60 Schnepfen
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.61 Engel, 2010
No.61 Engel
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.62 Cock, 2010
No.62 Cock
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.63 Archaeopteryx
No.63 Archaeopteryx
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm
Vogelfaenger No.64 Knochenvogel, 2010
No.64 Knochenvogel
Oil on Canvas 30 x 30cm