“Muted Rainbow” is my upcoming solo exhibition at gallery twenty-six/Vienna. It shows paintings and drawings that blend everyday moments with dream states, dissociations, and various emotive and sub-emotive conditions.
About the exhibition
The title blends two topics: In nature, rainbows refer to “phenomena caused by refractions of the sun’s light by rain or water droplets“; in everyday life, the word is used for a wide range of related, typically colorful things. Rainbows stand for hopes and promises, diversity and peace. Muted colors on the other hand are those with low saturation; they are created by adding black, white, or complementary colors to whichever base pigment is used. Muted colors are dull, desatured, a tad bit grey.
In the context of the exhibition, the term refers to the undiscovered, as well as the un- or underdeveloped: without contact to the world, it’s difficult to experience oneself as joyful or alive; one rather remains hidden, insecure and needy. These situations frequently lead to strategies of control, in order to establish safety when interacting with the world. Yet control also deadens the lively and joyful, instead of simply strengthening them; the urge for balance between these opposing desires (for control as well as liveliness) thus marks the life of many people. An alternative to control would be trust, which in turn requires courage.
How would a life be like that operates in courage and liveliness, that’s self- and world-confident? A life beyond the Muted Rainbow?
Please consider the following dates:
- Exhibition opening: Thursday, September 22nd, 2022, 7-10pm, with opening words by Esther Mlenek
- Concert: Soirée de chansons: Remy Mytteis plays in the exhibition
Saturday, September 24th, 7:30pm
- Artist Tour: I walk you through the exhibition 🙂
Thursday, October 6th, 7-10pm
- Finissage: we’ll have a fancy closing event
Thursday, October 20th, 7-10pm
At gallery twenty-six, Schwertgasse 4, 1010 Wien/Vienna