Armin Boehm (*1972 in Aachen) explores the border areas of human perception between enlightened knowledge and archaic unconsciousness. In his most recent works Boehm focuses on subjective human states of being and the question of the definition and mapping of personhood in today’s society. He uses the poetic potential of painting to profile contradictory states of mind, which at the same time remain uncertain and ambivalent. Boehm’s topography of the unspeakable discusses the things immersed in darkness: Dark surfaces, landscapes, cityscapes and interiors characterize his paintings. While the examination of light and darkness is significant for Boehm’s work, his collage technique leads to an haptic image surface, marked by the process of overpainting. The artist frequently adds materials such as asphalt, metal, sand and cloth for further texture. Boehm’s works stand in opposition to the technically produced images of today. Paintings, Boehm believes, are of a material presence with a more direct access to the human consciousness.
Armin Boehm studied at the National Art Academy in Düsseldorf with professors Konrad Klapheck and Jörg Immendorf. Boehm describes his theoretical backdrop as a collection of ideas from the literary Expressionism, French Existentialism, philosopher Martin Heidegger and scientist Werner Heisenberg. He is driven by questions about the human constitution and the notion of subjectivity in today’s highly technological society. His work has been on show in numerous exhibitions in Europe and abroad: 2012 and 2013 his works were shown in traveling exhibition “Kalte Rinden, Seltene Erden”, and the group show “Kunst nach 1945” in Städel Museum, Frankfurt. 2011 he was part of the exhibition “Secret Societies” in Frankfurt and Bordeaux and 2009 in the solo exhibition “The Evil Eye” at Kunstverein Braunschweig.