IG Halle, Rapperswil, Baumgartner & Annaheim

Lukas Salzmann

In the Viewer’s Eye – the Unknown


144 pp.
24 x 26 cm, 113 ills. in colour. Hardcover-
English / German

 38,00 incl. VAT

ISBN 978-3-89790-545-0 Category:


As a painter Lukas Salzmann is committed to representationalism while
creating art-historical and media-related references in many of his works.
He overpaints photographic templates, thus freeing the images from their
functional fixedness. Deploying vehement brushwork and powerful handling,
he dissolves content that is seemingly unequivocal and converts it into a polysemy
that valorises the mystical as much as it does the obvious. Salzmann’s
atmospherically dense pictures open up emotional spaces for viewers,
leading them into a state of oscillation between recognisability and recondite
unidentifiability, in which the transformative powers of painting can develop
their full impact.
In the Viewer’s Eyes – the Unknown comprises Lukas Salzmann’s oeuvre from
1995 to 2018 and includes an accompanying essay by
scholar Rudolf Velhagen, which locates the painter’s work in its art historical

Lukas Salzmann, born 1960 in Dusseldorf, lives and works in
Zurich and Wetzikon.

Exhibition with book presentation: That One Moment, IG Halle, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswill (CH),
26.08.–4.11.2018; book presentation: Thursday, 13.09.2018


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