Luc Tuymans

Galerie Erika + Otto Friedrich

Luc Tuymans has painted a discarded apple so that the side with the bite taken out of it is balanced on a gray line—the horizon. It is seen from an almost unreal perspective, as if under a magnifying glass, and one becomes uncertain whether it is a skull, an atomic cloud, or something else. The image comes from a photograph found in a police archive that shows an apple dropped by a perpetrator at the scene of a murder. From the indentation, the physiognomy of the murderer could be reconstructed, and, thus, he was apprehended.

When one has been sensitized to this macabre aspect, one can feel it again in the other paintings shown here. They are modest in size and painted with pale, dry colors. The surface is made of thin paper that though stretched remains wavy. The subjects come mostly from daily life: a bowl, a stack of wood, a flower, a pair of gloves, a series of buttons. Are they buttons

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