Cabrio: Nick Oberthaler featuring Nico Vascellari

Galerie Emanuel Layr

Via dei Salumi 3, Roma

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21 September – 11 November 2017Current exhibition
Thursday to Saturday 12–7pm
and by appointment
Opening: Saturday, 16 September, 6pm–9pm

“It is just this relationship between indulgence in the material and the ontological, and the need for responsibility and critical objectivity, that defines the arena of painting.”
Dan Walsh, in: Recycling, Christophe Cherix ed. (Cabinet des estampes Genève/JRP Editions, 2002) p. 27.

Nick Oberthaler proposes a site-specific framework for his exhibition: by using pigment and binder on the walls and ceiling, re-structuring the yet still fresh white cube of the gallery space to conceptualise a setting within the existing boundaries of the space, to render possible a new consideration – a staging without a stage. To perform a dialogue within this framework, Nick Oberthaler invited the artist Nico Vascellari to become his counterpart. Both of them share an interest in certain ambiguities regarding the use/amalgamate of material and content, the mapping of space and its transformation into new significance, but then, also a dialogue about painting (in and within space) and its (potential) thresholds.