Gunter Damisch:
Worlds, Signs of Ease & Density

May 3 – July 31, 2015


Galerie Ernst Hilger at Mana presents Austrian artist Gunter Damisch’s recent works featuring the artist’s highly individualized iconography which oscillates between figuration and abstraction. His vivid graphic constructions of micro- and macrocosms depict fields, worlds, streams, and paths influenced by sociology, physics, and
natural science.

The exhibition consists of oil paintings, large-format woodcuts, and collages, as well as a cast aluminum sculpture featuring key motifs of Damisch’s developed pictorial worlds. Floating figures alluding to microscopic and/or cosmological phenomena appear in networks of layers, expansive gestural abstractions, and assemblages of playfully re-arranged information that continuously interact.

Damisch (b. 1958) gained recognition in the 1980s as a successor of the so-called New Wild Ones, a group of young artists responding to the internationally proclaimed downfall of painting with expressive, colorful pictures. Since 1992, the artist has held a professorship in printmaking with the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

bright worldpath flamler-ends redcompression, 2011
flameler between world, 2013
dark worldholebubble red-collage I, 2011
monotype grey-printcollage, 2013
bright luminous paintspray worldpathcollagefield, 2012
lateral worldpath-net white-field-poles, 2010