TIP , Excellent (Nr. 24/ November 18, 2004), Kupferdach (Kulturredaktion)
Some paintings are exciting and inspiring because you can play with interpretation so beautifully. In some paintings are hints, objects, people ? but all of them are so vague that you can forget about them in an actual search for meaning. It makes much more sense to consider the pure painting that gives enough of a chance to speculate between color, surface and contrasts. Ultimately, these are dream images that one can decipher only when half-awake, if one even wants to. Otherwise, one simply looks for the fascinating secrets of the visual language.
DIE WELT, From the Galleries (January 14, 2005), Karl Heinrich (Kulturredaktion)
Tammen & Busch - Gallery Tammen & Busch exhibits its artists at the changing of the year. A little bit of everything: 16 artists and 56 works in a show titled "Augenkitzel" ("Tickle the Eye") Such disassociatively named exhibitions are nothing unusual at year's end, but one artist - Florian Pelka - just had a solo show and is being celebrated as a discovery by the gallery: The painter, born in 1971 and a master student of Baselitz, is actually not so new in the art world (the gallery showed him in 2002). But Pelka has vastly developed; away from the spherical-abstract color games and into a fragmented-reality symbolism. Very exciting are animals (mostly apes and swans), disrupted landscapes, light box advertisements and signs from advertising that all swirl together. But this sparkling illusion isn't polished, it's scaring. Only three of his works are in this group show (painting, graphics, sculpture: 240 - 5200 Euro) but more are available in stock.
Tammen gallery Berlin, June 1st, 2012 in the show:
Gallery Tulla, Mannheim, September 17,2010