Having studied under Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Cornelius Völker has developed a distinctive method of handling paint that is simultaneously fluid and precise. His unusual subject matter - guinea pigs, cocktails, sink drains, soiled band-aids, scattered clothing, meat - is typically deemed mundane, trivial or grotesque. He compels us to consider them in a new light through luscious color and the seductive application of paint. His brushstrokes are tactile, alternately expressive and meticulous. His monumentalization of banal subjects calls into question their worth, authenticity, and meaning as signifiers.