"Leonardo", Öl. Kohle, Papier, 6-teilig, 200 x 210 cm
24.06. - 01.08.2008
Rainer Wölzl - Museum der Schatten
Vernissage: Tuesday 24th 08, 7 p.m., the exhibition runs until 1st august, 2008.
The colour of black has been a dominant constant for years in the work of Rainer Woelzl. Besides the pastose, tendentially monochrome black paintings he had produced in recent decades, the Austrian artist devoted himself in recent years more to drawing. In this medium the elemental qualities of the art of drawing come into effect with radical force: line and chiaroscuro. In addition there is an iconographic level, which lends the sheets a dark mysticism. The current works mainly consist of several parts that extend into a monumental, overwhelming visual panorama. The observer is immersed for instance into the depths of the avenue, is actually drawn into a vortex of extreme depth. He loses himself in the gloomy atmosphere of the landscape. Woelzl takes his inspiration here from the pioneers of the weird and mysterious, Goya and Piranesi. The Traum/Schlaf der Vernunft - Dream/Sleep of Reason is the title page for the extensive series of etchings of the Capriccios: submergence into the unconscious sphere of humanity (goblins, witches, flying monsters).