For Norbert Egdorf, there is only a thin line separating art and humour. The graphic designer, illustrator, and painter from Oldenburg is the type of creative who stacks layer on layer like a master builder: with solid craft as a foundation, upon which a layer of ideas is constructed, topped off with details. However, it is not the Devil who is in the details, but rather the joker – but you have to look for the rascal yourself!
Comical art reconciles two groups of painters often considered incompatible: the proponents of realistic “high” art, and those of humour and the comic effect. The beholder often lingers over small, obscure, and curious details, which first trigger annoyance, then however wonder and a grin.
At a first glance, an almost realistically represented world presents itself. A world, which we think we know. A second glance reveals the absurdism hidden in this world.
That which isn’t shown is omnipresent, so that people can or oftentimes even must imagine it. Images that show something without showing something – for isn’t it the thought behind the image that is really exciting? An appeal to the eyes, but above all to the mind.
This is how the comical is seen in the serious and the serious in the comical.
All it takes is a closer look.
(Photo: Thomas Berndt)