Little is known about Rainer Jehle. He is thought to have worked as a freelance artist and lawyer around 1990. Today he lives in France. In his Wall painting “Denk-Mal, Mahn-Mal” (Remember the marker, heed the reminder / Think about it, talk about it) parts of the words “Wohlstand” (prosperity), “Freiheit” (freedom) and “Ich” (I) appear in a gap in a red surface.
Jehle’s painting “Denk-Mal, Mahn-Mal” (Remember the marker, heed the reminder / Think about it, talk about it) plays with the public’s perception. A kind of red cloth can be seen in the foreground, as if hung over the Wall, and half-fastened by a zipper. Fragments of words can be seen through the opening in the zipper. It is left to the viewers to complete the words in their minds – “Wohlstand (prosperity), “Freiheit” (freedom) and “Ich” (I) – all terms associated with motivations for the revolution in 1989/90. In the 1990 version an arm could be seen on the upper edge of the Wall. In 2009 the arm was painted over and the red surface retouched.
Little is known about Rainer Jehle. In 1991 he was chairman of a gallery advisory board that represented the interests of artmakers at negotiations over the future of the East Side Gallery.