Opening: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 6 – 9 p.m.
Exhibition: 24. 6. – 24.7.2022
Visiting by appointment
Stefan Ettlinger is a multi-artist who is not only a great painter, but also a musician, performer and member of the artist group “Anarchist Rubber Cell” (AGZ-s. german wikipedia), which was founded in the 80s and is now considered “cult”. Until Aug. 7, 2022, the works of the artist Bertram Jesdinsky, who died in 1992, can be seen in Thomas Schütte-s Skulpturenhalle Neuss.
With him, Heinz Hausmann, Thorsten Ebeling, Otto Müller and Uli Sappok founded this artist group Anarchistische Gummizelle (AGZ) – (see also wikipedia) as students at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. It became known throughout Germany as a performance group in the 80s. On Saturday 25.6.2022, the Filmwerkstadt shows films made in the 80s by the artist collective from 8 pm.
Stefan Ettlinger shows in my rooms under the title “Sequenzen” a selection of large-format works from this series, which were created in the years 2020/2021. At the same time we present the catalog with all works.
Stefan Ettlinger – Sequences, ed. M. Leyer-Pritzkow, German/English, 2022, ISBN 978-3-9823565-5-6, € 18,95 available at Buchhandlung Walter König in the Kunsthalle Düssseldorf building or order directly by email from the undersigned.
His new paintings are sequences of images constructed in a comic-like manner. They no longer reveal a definitively defined individual image. The viewer is immersed in a “fund of televisual moving images” based on film stills, in a sequence of images that is transformed into an exciting narrative ensemble of images rich in stories that cannot be decoded, even with the greatest effort. This effect is by Stefan Ettlinger part of his individual painterly concept.
It shows us, his painting as a metaphor for life, for a breathtaking ever-faster process, which in parts develops its own dynamics, the effects of which are no longer assessable. Analogous to our age of image frenzy, which is identified only as a sequence of incomprehensible processes. The comic as a transporter into the new millineum – painting as an arrestor – as an inholder of the present.
We are looking forward to your visit.
With very kind regards