HARALD REINER GRATZ - FAIRY TALES
Harald Reiner Gratz anticipates our very clear expectations when reading fairy tales, especially when the legacy of fairy tales stretch to over 200 years. Standing in front of Gratz’s work we expect to see the traditional fairy tale, but instead our eyes are confronted with riddles. His paintings are intended to not be so easily interpreted.
Gratz proceeds from personal experience when he approaches the fairy tales ... His motif starts from a usual playfully free fairy tale, then he gives the title, and then the true fabrication of the story starts to merge, here the scenes start to take their own route. You can feel the uncontrollable desire, like that of Fabulierers who likes adding to a familiar stories something mysterious that exposes the figures Metamorphoses within his imagination, the sense of a story deliberately brushed against the grain, to see what comes of it ...
And so we are left with a rebus puzzle, he leaves us alone to interpret in our own way, each man witnessing something different according to his conditioning, his knowledge, his tolerance and curiosity. We only have the paintings and the smells left from the brush strokes, this illusionist artist intrigues, even if we only partially understand.
Kai Uwe Schierz