Marcel Eichner – Press Release

November 8 – December 21, 2013

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The MCKEE GALLERY is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the United States of paintings by Marcel EICHNER, from November 8 to December 21, 2013

Opening reception Friday, November 8 from 6-8 pm.

Marcel Eichner was born in 1977, in Siegburg, Germany. From 1998 to 2004 he studied at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf, under Professor Jorg Immendorff, and now lives and works in Berlin.

There are artists who demonstrate early in life an uncanny feeling for the fluid wanderings of a drawn line which directs their imagination and intimate dreams. Eichner’s line meanders on the canvas, creating as it passes fragile personages and grotesque creatures, and when it rests there is a world filled with nightmarish scenes and mad demons. Fortunately, a glimmer of humor within these complex, imaginative compositions gives us a reprieve from the chaos and intensity within.

It does not feel like a rational, organized universe, but rather one in which everything is in freefall; perspective, scale, objects with an almost manic force running the show. However, the composition and line keep everything under control and balance within the canvases. There are echoes of Grosz, Klee, Ensor.

Evidence of psychological revelations in painting are more in keeping with a 20th century European tradition of analysis, but in this respect Eichner has a connection to Jackson Pollack’s intuitive search for form and line to express his subconscious feelings.

Eichner’s paintings have a powerful abstract presence, with a refined sense of color and line, creating a web of intriguing content on a mysterious stage.

Untitled, 2013
acrylic and ink on canvas
70 3/4 x 53 1/4 inches,
180 x 135 cm
Untitled, 2013
gouache, acrylic and ink on canvas
70 3/4 x 59 inches,
180 x 150 cm
Untitled, 2013
acrylic and ink on canvas
55 1/3 x 35 1/2 inches,
140.5 x 90.3 cm

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