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C.O. Paeffgen’s art provokes and shocks in a very simple way. In his artworks and editions, he captures elements of trivial culture that he then alienates in different ways. Paeffgen’s possibly most famous artworks and paintings are images from newspapers painted over with markers, only displaying the most distinctive contours of the portrait. The stylistic simplicity of strong lines in C.O. Paeffgen’s artworks is of a unique expressiveness that obtains an additional boost through the strong reduction of the figurative.
Through this alienation by reduction, the daily media mass can be experienced again. Furthermore, C.O. Paeffgen raises the viewers’ awareness for dealing with human tragedies in society.

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