Otto Zitko

Galerie Peter Pakesch

Prominent in the early '80s among a small group of Austrian artists who combined the sensuality of impasto with highly subjective, magical content, Otto Zitko took a radical turn around 1987, moving toward a more purely graphic concept of artmaking. The direct effects of impasto painting were replaced by an evocation of tension through the graphic traces produced by gestural motor acts. Figurative and symbolic forms were abstracted to barely legible sign-fragments. The vocabulary of gestural elements Zitko has developed and enriched since then are associated with his exploration of new surfaces and techniques, including brutally attacked, scarred wood panels; scratched negatives on glass covered in lampblack; or the wall and room drawings of the last few years. Within Zitko’s exceedingly dense and expansive graphic system, the spirograms shown here for the first time mark not only his most

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