Sailboats, sailboats or beach walks can awaken longings as a pictorial motif. For example, thoughts of rest or rest. None of this comes to the attention of the viewer in the images of Gerald Fork's transition cycle. Jaw pictures create discomfort, yes, they are frightening. Fear of Death As the site of the exhibition, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher The Bartholomew on Helmholtzplatz is quite the right place. If not here, where elsewhere the viewer readily embraces the obvious theme of death speaking from images. Gerald Fork, a native of Lübeck, who lives in Bergisch, is seen in the tradition of symbolism by Arnold Böcklin and surrealist René Magritte. Old masters paintings are full of messages and symbols that appeal to observers of certain thought worlds.
“Why Do I Like a Work of Art?” Was one of the initial questions that Franz-Josef Haas, a theologian and psychotherapist, discussed in his presentation in the context of the exhibition. “What does art do in us?” Was another question in the exhibitor’s psychoanalytic approach. After acknowledging the exhibition, he confessed, he drove home with a plethora of mental connections that relate to finality and transience. Most viewers will find it difficult to go through differently.
Haas explained why this effect is coming. It lies at the level of the subconscious. Both artists handle the unconscious. This applies to both the visual and the performing arts. For the viewer or viewer, this in turn creates a recollection or recollection of certain associations, which are also anchored in the realm of the unconscious. Haas concluded with a quote from Joseph Beuys: "Art is a picture of the man himself. That is, the confrontation of man with art basically confronts himself."
Gerald Fork, who reproduces the motif of death in his paintings in the form of allusions, but also mostly restrained, almost pale color schemes, agreed with this interpretation. A small cycle of paintings is exhibited in the so-called eternal room of the Church of Sts. At the end of a standstill period of at least 20 years, the remains of the deceased are kept in an urn room in this room. The first burial in Holy Sepulcher Church was carried out in January 2014.