Stephan Melzl Bernhart Schwenk

ISBN: 9783954760602

Published: May 25th 2014

Hardcover

156 pages


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Stephan Melzl  by  Bernhart Schwenk

Stephan Melzl by Bernhart Schwenk
May 25th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 156 pages | ISBN: 9783954760602 | 6.70 Mb

Tender Horrors. A little girl, oblivious to the world around her, supports herself on an axe that is taller than she herself. The sharp blade that has just felled a tree points right at what is beneath her dress, lifted by a gentle updraft. The stumpMoreTender Horrors. A little girl, oblivious to the world around her, supports herself on an axe that is taller than she herself. The sharp blade that has just felled a tree points right at what is beneath her dress, lifted by a gentle updraft. The stump mirrors her rosy pudenda. Stephan Melzl (b. Basel, 1959- lives and works in Frankfurt am Main) has set the child into a detail from Fragonards rococo painting Swing, which shows a courtly lady on a swing inviting her lovers gaze to penetrate beneath her skirt- Melzls own picture bears the curt title Cut (2011).

The meticulously calculated hyperbole of Melzls Renaissance-style oil-on-wood depictions of his subjects may be read as a sharp-edged barb against hypocritical visions of the idyllic life that we are only too prone to cling to. So the artists visiual universe is about more than the ambiguous motifs: it aims to sharpen the gaze with which the viewer contemplates the artists theatrical productions and the diverse associations they evoke.

This book is the first monograph about Stephan Melzl and features numerous drawings and paintings created between 1997 and 2013. With essays by Bernhart Shcwenk and Hans-Jurgen Hafner.



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