The practical and philosophical issue of whether figures in art depict the artist or the apparent character is best expressed by this iconic quote by Oscar Wilde:
“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
This is what the exhibition “Selfie” does: it examines the act of self-representation in contemporary art. Taking the idea of the self-portrait as inherently ambiguous, it investigates ideas about construction, interpretation, artifice and role-play.
During the day of the opening, Eisenhut will perform a live portrait session: he will ask the visitors of the gallery to portray them, in a performative act that will see each individual portrait overlapping on one single canvas, as the sitters will come and go.
The goal is to create one single portrait. The end result of this “selfie” will be exhibited during the official act, which will start around 4 pm.
Where: Jedlitschka Gallery, Seefeldstrasse 52, 8008 Zürich ♦ When: Saturday, 8th April // Live painting performance: 11 am – 4 pm
Vernissage 4 pm – 6 pm
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Come and be part of ART!
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