Martin Disler

Wüttembergischer Kunstverein

The Swiss artist Martin Disler is one among the current group of controversial young artists who justly deserves notice. Even though he demonstrably created his present style before the art marketplace demanded an emotionally explicit signature in painting, he has been rebuked by some critics for a supposed accommodation to the market. The intensity of Disler’s painterly innovation, however, is so striking that the charge of opportunism hardly bears up.

Disler’s artistic power is demonstrated in the environment/painting in this show. The work, entitled Die Umgebung der Liebe (Environment of Love), is executed in muslin, which extends 140 meters around the four walls of the large exhibit space. Visitors enter the space through a crack in the painting; their first reactions may be of shock or repulsion, as they are swept into the stream of an erotic outpouring which is intuitively both desired

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