Tobias Pils: 3 paintings 2 drawings 1 triptych

11 Sep 2020 — 24 Oct 2020

© Tobias Pils, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich / New York
Eva Presenhuber is pleased to present 3 paintings 2 drawings 1 triptych, a solo exhibition of new works by the Austrian artist Tobias Pils. This is Eva Presenhuber’s fifth exhibition with the artist.

Pils’ painting process is characterized by planning, which then negates itself throughout its execution. In the process, representation shifts to abstraction, figuration becomes composition. Richard Shiff encapsulated this in one sentence: “Your imagery is more like that of an abstract artist who uses representation as the elements of abstraction.”

Pils’ work creates an unease of interpretation and challenges the notion of subjectivity in painting. His method is intuitive, created in the context of the painter’s everyday life. Yet, he never fulfills his plan; instead, he veers in different directions while painting. In doing so, Pils produces manifold forms within one canvas. Nevertheless, his practice is always accompanied by technical precision and pictorial thought.