Martin Eiter

Galerie Karin Schorm

The starting point of Martin Eiter’s paintings is the revolutionary spirit of the ’80s during which “wild painting” also celebrated its triumphs in Austria. Eiter even shared the studio of two of the most celebrated exponents of this artistic direction, Herbert Brandl and Gunter Damisch. But Eiter chose another direction—away from the expressive palette and materiality of his colleagues. He limits his palette to black and white, to “noncolor,” and only seldom does a slight tone of color shine through the glaze. His renunciation of the emotional qualities of color gives his works a cool distance and does not allow the viewer to be seduced by decorative effects. Rather the viewer is required to contemplate these pictures, and only then do the fine nuances of the grays appear, opening their pulsating spaces of color. Slowly, layer by layer, a complete image develops in the viewer’s mind.


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