PRINT March 2003

’80s AGAIN

Thomas Eggerer

Neo-expressionist painting featured a somewhat straightforward production of imagery. There weren’t too many ruptures or contradictory agendas within that model. Today, the idea of how you want to appear as a painter, of how you want to construct an authorial role, seems to be a much bigger issue. Artists are more particular in their approaches; two painters may be figurative, for instance, but each one has a very different idea of how to come up with an image. There seems to be a more reflective relationship to the question of authorship within painting, a more complicated self-reflexivity that is located within the painting.

As told to Tim Griffin