Hermann Pitz

Galerie Albert Baronian

In this show entitled Travaux récents (auto-portraits y compris) (Recent Works [including self-portraits]), Hermann Pitz has assembled a series of pieces that reveal his fascination with the way in which art can reflect various ways of seeing. Reflection is the operative concept animating Pitz’s work, given his particular emphasis on materials used to produce optical distortions.

In Selbst (Self, 1990), a group of clear, glasslike resin forms displayed on the floor resemble teardrops or raindrops. Describing an earlier version of the piece, Pitz explains, “Since I was a child, I’ve thought of drops of water as magnifying lenses; the taut surfaces were always like a riddle to me. This magnification has nothing to do with Pop Art; it’s more about clarifying the variability of this optical phenomenon through changes in the vantage point of the viewer.”

This concern with surfaces and the

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