Thomas Eggerer

537 W 22nd Street

October 9 – November 6, 2004

Thomas Eggerer
Installation view
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
2004

Thomas Eggerer
Installation view
Friedrich Petzel Gallery
2004

Drawing for Balthazar
2004
Acrylic on paper
25.125 x 27.125 inches

The Wisdom of Concrete
2004
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 79 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.75 x 9.125 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.81 x 8.86 inches

Mezzanine
2004
Acrylic on canvas
54 x 69 inches

Drawing for The Wisdom of Concrete II
2004
Acrylic on paper
78.375 x 70 inches

Olindo
2004
Acrylic on canvas
27 x 25 inches

Drawing for Mezzanine
2004
Acrylic on paper
54 x 68.75 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
10.83 x 8.27 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.02 x 8.27 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.81 x 9.25 inches

Avatar of the Tortoise
2004
Acrylic on canvas
26 x 41 inches

The Privilege of the Roof
2004
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 92 inches

Nemo (green)
2004
Acrylic on canvas
25 x 27 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.81 x 9.17 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.81 x 8.9 inches

Balthazar (brown)
2004
Acrylic on canvas
25 x 27 inches

Breeding Season
2004
Acrylic on paper
51 x 72.25 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.81 x 9.17 inches

Untitled
2004
Collage
11.02 x 8.5 inches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Opening reception: Saturday, October 9, 6–8 pm

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the first New York solo exhibition of Los Angeles based artist Thomas Eggerer. The exhibition will include new paintings, drawings and collages.

The visual experience in Eggerer's paintings is stunning: the viewer cannot reconcile the exact location of figure and ground, architecture or brushstroke. All the pentimenti are visible, the construction of the architecture in these pictures is not detailed but rather emphasizes the structure of the painting as a space of possibility. Each painting follows a different approach to color as an underlying theme whether the dominating ground is green or pink or orange/brown. This analytic practice constitutes how the figures are placed within the picture without letting the painting as a whole fall into fragments. Every hint of a narrative is first suggested and then interrupted by Eggerer's fragmentation.

A reoccurring motif in Eggerer's paintings is groups of people in an architectural setting. Their faces are not particularly rendered but portray a delicate balance between the individual and archetypal.

The drawings in the exhibition further exemplify Eggerer's interest in carefully constructing images according to a visually twisted logic. The first impression is that they are studies for paintings but soon after the viewer realizes the artist's re-evaluation of details and structure in two almost identical works. The exhibition will also include never before exhibited collages their sources coming from European and American magazines. The collages suggest a pictorial archive that inspires Eggerer's works on canvas and paper.

Thomas Eggerer was born in 1963 in Munich, Germany and studied painting at the Art Academy in Munich. In the mid 1990s, he collaborated with classmate Jochen Klein on a series of conceptually oriented projects dealing with questions of identity and public space. After his move to New York he joined Group Material, an artist's collective in the 1990s.
For further information, please contact the gallery at info@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.

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