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DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
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„In an ever noisier world, the greatest pain and the greatest pleasure then fall silent, and one tendency in my art is to amplify them once more. Other people’s true dramas cannot be invented.“
On Love is the first public presentation of the works of Siegfried Herz, which include paintings, drawings, photos and videos. Up until now, Herz has only allowed a few of his closest friends and family members to see his work. For more than ten years, the artist has lived in a sort of seclusion, isolated from the outside world, with only second-hand information about contemporary art and the cultural scene as such. Even so, his works are deeply relevant and topical, earning him his rightful place on the vast contemporary art scene. Herz follows the everyday hustle and bustle from a distance; for him, time flows differently, in his own personal rhythm. His works defy such categories as “new,” “current” or “contemporary,” which are meaningless and unnecessary for him. Finding inspiration in his own lived reality, Herz views the present from a much broader perspective. His own, inner world is vast, and often incorporates themes from ancient philosophy and art. The artist does not try to conceal the sources of his inspiration but openly acknowledges them. Among his influences, Herz cites various prominent artists, musicians, film makers, writers and philosophers (Brigitte Helm, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Wagner, Edvard Munch, Amanda Lear, David Lynch).
His works form loosely connected, constantly developing cycles; the author often returns to previously explored topics and approaches them in a different manner. He likes experimenting with various artistic techniques and colours, painting with coffee, using collages and imprints. Living in solitude has stimulated Herz’s artistic insight and sensitivity toward his surroundings. His paintings can be viewed as a sort of journal entries, chronicling his infrequent encounters with people, the books he reads, music he listens to or composes, his pain and love, dreams and desires. Herz’s works are deeply introspective and authentic, exposing his own body and soul with an often brutal honesty, often revealing what should remain hidden.
Curator: Otto M. Urban