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Christian Egger

O.T. [Untitled] (why be something that you are not, when I can be something what you like...), 2010

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

born in 1976 in Innsbruck, lives in Vienna
 


Christian Egger, »O.T. [Untitled] (why be something that you are not, when I can be something what you like...)«, 2010

Installation

Ausstellungsansicht / Exhibition view: LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

Foto / Photo: maschekS. 2010

 
Christian Egger’s work as an artist focuses on the basic problem that has given rise to debates ever since the »birth« of abstract art. His concern is with the question how pictures are sought and found rather than how to contribute to the further development of abstract expressionism.

In Egger’s view, attributing titles to abstract pictures that provide them with names or descriptions is at odds with the artistic intention of creating abstract works whose referentiality is deliberately kept undecided. For him, providing viewers with a concrete »How to« with regard to an abstract picture is a typical case of love’s labour lost. At TRIENNALE LINZ the artist shows an installation consisting of square mirror tiles supported by clamps. The tiles are covered with lines of glue and designed to be seen by the viewer as a large mirror. Egger’s works are a sculptural approach to what is above all a painterly issue. The use of mirrors throws the problems concerning abstraction into sharp relief. Even if the lines that Egger draws on the mirror tiles with liquid glue are not yet suggestive of any figuration, the entire work of art finally crosses the line into the realm of figuration as soon as the reflections of the viewers’ faces appear in the mirrors. Egger gives viewers the chance to watch themselves searching both for the picture and for the meaning of what it represents.

(Nina Kirsch)

 

 

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