Thomas Eggerer

Gesture and Territory

456 W 18th Street

October 10 – November 9, 2013

Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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2013

Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
Installation view 10
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Thomas Eggerer
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Giro
2013
Acrylic and oil on canvas
82 x 82 inches

Waste Management
2012
Acrylic and oil on canvas
82 x 82 inches

Rodeo
2012
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 79 inches

Triple Constellation
2013
Acrylic on canvas
86 x 83 inches

Recycler
2013
Acrylic and pastel on canvas
107 x 90 inches

Campagna
2012
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 79 inches

Carousel
2013
Acrylic on canvas
85 x 85 inches

The Connoisseur
2012
Acrylic on canvas
86 x 83 inches

Grey Harvest
2013
Acrylic and oil on canvas
107 x 90 inches

The Ruins
2013
Acrylic and oil on canvas
73 x 67 inches

Floorpiece
2013
Acrylic, oil and charcoal on canvas
51 x 46 inches

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Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Thomas Eggerer.

In his fourth solo show at Petzel, the figure has undergone a dramatic shift in scale by moving from a once miniature representation to a life-size one. While drawing has always been a key component in Eggerer's painting, sumptuous color now plays a central role in relation to his drawing: the newly-enlarged figures are now embedded in expansive fields of color that have been poured, brushed, and scrubbed, effectively reversing the artist’s usual hierarchy of figure and ground.

Eggerer's enlarged and flattened-out spaces signal new complexities that arise in his narratives. The figures that populate these works are busy, yet they labor at tasks that remain rather mysterious. They are neither joyous nor tragic in effect, but are absorbed in their actions – as performative agents in landscapes with no clear-cut horizon lines, an ambivalent opacity allows questions to emerge about the indistinct boundary between both labor and leisure, and subject and object.

The exhibit will contain 11 new paintings and a full-color publication with a text by Devin Fore, who is an Associate Professor at Princeton University and a member of the editorial board of OCTOBER magazine.

Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For press inquiries, please contact Janine Latham at janine@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.

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