Born in 1967, Cologne, DE
Lives and works in Cologne and Erftstadt, DE
Johannes Wohnseifer's works highlight the malleable nature of our visual perception, in which ideas and symbols can quickly assume new meanings. For his Spam Paintings series, he has taken his inspiration from the undesirable email ads that invade our inboxes: the most spammed products are porn services, drugs, credit, online casinos, replica watches, fake diplomas, etc. Wohnseifer integrates these fragments of text into pictorial abstracts, analyzing the typography of these coded messages. By appropriating, deciphering and reinterpreting these languages in his paintings, he entirely subverts their meanings.