Pace is pleased to present Untitled (Interior), an exhibition of new and recent oil paintings and watercolors by leading German contemporary painter Tim Eitel. Eitel is celebrated for his open-ended pieces that mirror or reframe our reality to invite considerations of individual and collective perception. His depictions of isolated figures in contemporary public spaces are, on one hand, subjective windows onto our own experience, and, on the other, objective scenes relayed through overt compositional or formal conceits such as the modernist grid: another kind of window.
The works in Untitled (Interior), all made in 2020, take place in an unspecific modern art museum painted using flat planes of pure color and horizontal and vertical lines that abut, intersect with, layer, and mirror one another. The result, which approaches abstraction, is a dreamscape that recalls the lived experience of being in arts spaces, by virtue of its photorealist elements, but is distinct from it, in terms of its emptying or vacating of the space, which places emphasis on perception and reflection as phenomena. Unnecessary details that might tip these paintings too far toward narrative specificity are pared back to direct the viewer’s attention to the theaters of contemplation in which art is housed, spaces dedicated not only to the objects of our gaze, but at the same time to the act of gazing itself, movement in thought and attention in between stimulus and events.