Martin C. Herbst

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Austrian artist, Martin C. Herbst (*1965), pushes the limits of traditional painting. His recent works expand to the third dimension and produce fascinating in-betweens. The New York based Regis Krampf Gallery showed examples in this year’s edition of Contemporary Istanbul. Faces appeared on concave dishes, curved plates or stainless steel spheres and offered stunning experiences: the faces are distorted when painted on curved panels, but look “normal” if the viewer betrays from a certain point of view. Concave aluminum dishes seem to suck the faces to the center. Faces on spheres look like caged moon-faces and show different expressions when the sphere is turned. Herbsts paintings show a truly new approach to representation and are deeply based in the long tradition of painting at the same time.

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