October 20, 2023 – February 19, 2023
View at: galeriegugging.com
The galerie gugging invites you to a summit meeting of two masters of reduction with the new exhibition “L.E. & O.T.”, in which the works of the world-famous Gugging Artist Oswald Tschirtner encounter the sculptures of Loys Egg. The resulting dialogue creates a joyfully infectious togetherness that you shouldn’t miss.
Oswald Tschirtner, The Snake in Paradise, 1983. Indian ink, 22 x 30 cm
“The design of reality is unsatisfactory” is a quote by Peter Weibel that hangs framed at Loys Egg’s home and has made a deep impression on gallery director Nina Katschnig: “For me, it sums up in a few words why artists and their art are so important for this world.”
Loys Egg, Untitled, 2009. Mixed media sculpture, 46 x 43 x 36 cm
The idea for the joint autumn exhibition L. E. & O. T. came from Loys Egg, who has known, appreciated and accompanied the Gugging Artists for a long time and for whom the works of Oswald Tschirtner have a very special charm.
Oswald Tschirtner, Untitled, 1987. Felt-tip pen on paper, 21 x 29.7 cm
Loys Egg is a free spirit as he is known in the book and rock musician, who gained fame and exhibited very early. Loys Egg is someone who can’t be pigeonholed because he is at home in so many artistic playgrounds. The versatile artist’s oeuvre ranges from sculptures and installations to drawings, photographs, and music. Even in the titling of his works, he always remains true to his freedom-loving approach – his works have always remained without exception and consistently “untitled”, thus inviting the beholders to look even closer and meet their true self.
Loys Egg, Untitled, 2009. Mixed media sculpture, 18 x 49 x 16 cm
Tschirtner originally wanted to become a priest and preferred silence or listening to quiet music. His simple structures, like his “head-footers”, are iconic.
In order to find a coherent selection for this exhibition, Loys Egg paid a visit to the galerie gugging and, together with the curatorial team Nina Katschnig and Irina Katnik, went through Oswald Tschirtner’s creative treasures from all creative periods. The result speaks for itself. The works of Loys Egg enter into an exciting dialogue with Oswald Tschirtner’s works on paper and canvas and play ping-pong with each other in a humorous and touching way.