b.1984 in Berlin-Marzahn.
Studies Graphic Designer, University of Management and Communication.
Graphic designer, Theater Mogul.
In 2016, the book “Wildes Berlin” was published, which was published by Christoph Rode in cooperation with the be.bra publishing house. The book picks up on Berlin-specific clichés that he has painted in a picturesque way.
Most of Rode’s works take on large format room or landscape situations. They remind the viewer of stage installations and multidimensional scenarios filled with fragmented content.
This peculiar and individual imagery occasionally allows itself to be identified as being set in a certain time period through elements such as the interior design or items of clothing. The works, however, do not symbolize the time period portrayed. They also do not represent a processing of the artist’s emotions, thoughts, or surroundings. Instead the painter looks for inspiration in reproductions, newspapers, history books, and films. He primarily uses material from eastern Germany and the eastern European region dated between 1950 and 1990. Usually an idea gathered there is the starting spark for a painting and will be subtly integrated into the work. Political and everyday themes are also not usually covered by Rode. The materials he uses, the objects, and the seemingly typical spatial layout show an alienation in a possibly familiar situation.
It is the search for a roar of silence within a space.
The smell of old interior and carpets, the feel of old textured wallpaper or fabrics that linger in the memory provide the painter with elements for his scenarios. Rode is fascinated by contrasts in color, form, and content in his paintings, as well as an incomprehensible dialog that can only succeed when open questions remain in the room. Questions, which even the painter cannot answer.
BittersüßChristoph Rode & Benjamin Burkard 26 Apr - 20 Jun 2019Reality competes with closed eyes The infinite montages of senses reassigned A painful pleasure The bittersweet taste lingers Of lust, violence, melody and silence A symphony that brings the sky to its knees And humans to the machine. Together in their approach to muddle the truth based off recollective pasts,...