On the ground floor
22.04.2023 — 31.05.2023
Thank you, good, and yourself?
How to paint? What to paint? Why paint at all? Martin Praska paints to create something new unseen, which at the same time reminds of known, all too familiar. He likes to quote works of famous masters to hold on to, to climb on the shoulders of giants and then to dare a little hop, preferably without landing on his stomach. Art feeds on itself. Originality is desired but to a certain extent only an illusion. Like everything. Like color itself, which is a pure invention of our brain. All we can do are variations of what is already there. Remixed, cover versions, reinterpretations, to put it in the language of music production. The actual goal is always a successful piece that has not been there before. He wants no ideology, no social criticism, no larmoyance about the state of the world in the pictures. Praska wants a release from all this, in short, catharsis. There is no other way to do this than through sensuality. This is a tightrope walk between desire and contemplation. In this ambivalence lies the art. And thus it works against totalitarianism and fanaticism. Because it defies unambiguity. We don’t need art with a message. The art itself is the message. (Martin Praska)
Martin Praska, born in Wiesloch (D) in 1963, lives and works in Vienna.
The exhibition will feature new works by the artist.