February 15th, 2016
Artist: Thomas Eggerer
Venue: Friedrich Petzel, New York
Exhibition Title: Waterworld
Date: January 14 – February 20, 2016
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Friedrich Petzel, New York
Petzel Gallery is pleased to present Waterworld, a single painting show by New York based artist Thomas Eggerer.
Originally presented at the 2015 Lyon Biennale, Waterworld displays a simultaneous winnowing of subject, and an expansion of scale.
While taking cues from paintings concerned with the classical topos of the bather (from Seurat to Richard Hamilton), Waterworld focuses on the modernist motive of the mass in a contemporary scenario, in which labor and leisure have become indistinguishable.
The viewer is confronted with a borderless swimming eld dotted with men, spilling beyond the frame, bisected by a foamy wave. In the past, Eggerer’s paintings have often situated gures within abstract painterly gestures; Waterworld’s landscape, at once familiar and inviting, is equally disorientating—here the artist places the viewer just above the water, possibly on its precipice, but without alignment of horizon or shore. Liquid becomes the social eld these young men act within and against, building on Eggerer’s decades long interrogation of the visuals of collectivism, participation, and communal social dynamics.
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