28 Jan 2019
Galerie am Lindenhof
Reviewed by Heather Kapplow
Markus Rey's work is a series of large, square, hyper-realistic still lives called, simply, "Things." Each "thing," painted in acrylic on pressboard, has a number for a title. Its subject matter sits on a pedestal in front of the painting, perhaps for comparison
Sometimes the subject is playful. Paintings depict marbles, Looney Tunes figurines, and gummy bears. And other times, it's more pragmatic. A lemon slice, a spent light bulb, some bread and water, and two cigarette butts also get immortalized. In each case, the paintings transcend the "things," often distorting their scale in a way that feels amorphously metaphorical, like the way a stubbed toe momentarily becomes more important than other body parts.
The story here is the stillness of the still life, which becomes a brush-based meditation practice that can take anything as its subject matter. This interpretation is borne out by a simulation of a Japanese-style seal that Rey paints onto each image, reading "here and now."
|Start date||24 Jan 2019|
|End date||28 Jan 2019|
|Presenter||Galerie am Lindenhof link|
|Venue||Pfalzgasse 3 8001, Zürich, CHE map|
|Image||Markus Rey, no. 399, from the series Dinge (Things), 2018, 103 x 93 centimeters, courtesy of Galerie am Lindenhof|
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