Thomas Kratz’s practice is developed through various media, including painting, performance and installation. Influenced by the early twentieth-century Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, Kratz’s approach to making work comes from various positions, each with their own inherent material and concept.
In How I Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare Thomas Kratz draws on the infamous 1965 performance by Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare. Kratz’s subtle change in the title from Beuys’ instructional ‘How to…’ to a more subjective ‘How I…’ sets the scene for a re-contextualised positioning of the artist as performer and audience as equal. Such historical referencing has been used by Kratz in other works such as Strawberry Camouflage where he revisits his own actions.
Thomas Kratz, born in 1972, lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and performances include Strawberry Camouflage (Nought to Sixty, ICA, London), Breakfast in bed (with Anthea Hamilton, Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Duesseldorf), Licking its Eyeball oder Wie ich dem toten Hasen die Bilder erklaere (Center, Berlin), Untitled (Fountain), in PARA O QUERIDO DEUS E PESSOA (Fundação Carmona e Costa, Lisbon) and How I explain pictures to a dead hare, (Ice Trade, Chelsea Space; London).
At Organhaus, Thomas Kratz worked closely with students from the Sichuan Art Institute researching and learning traditional Chinese painting and printing techniques.
Organhaus is an independent artist-run organisation in Chongqing, China. The organisation was established by Yang Shu, an artist and lecturer at the Sichuan Art Academy alongside a group of local artists. Since 2007, Organhaus has been run as a collaborative project between the independent spaces Organ and M-Haus Commune. It is dedicated to the exploration of experimental and multimedia art, to developing a varied exhibition programme to support these explorations, and to providing studio spaces for young artists.