press release

Till Megerle
To be kind

Till Megerle’s works attest to his sustained interest in the specificity of codes and their manifold resonance in bodies and gestures. In his exhibition To be kind he presents new drawings. His figurative pictures insistently point up the protean, alien, and psychedelic facets of the quotidian. Many of them show scenes involving oddly convoluted and deformed bodies. Their physical intensity derives from moments of playfulness and grotesquerie laced with barely contained violence. Megerle’s visual studies in the social characteristics and standing of figures take inspiration from historic works of art like the paintings of Pieter Bruegel, Matthias Grünewald and Edvard Munch, but also from pop-cultural references such as skateboarding and gabber videos. A conspicuous feature of his art is the mixture of styles and techniques. Working with charcoal and ink, but also with crayons and ballpoint pens, he layers dense aggregates of subtle hatching and graduated shading in compositions whose apparent homogeneity gives way to complex internal contradictions as discontinuities of perspective and sometimes caricatural exaggerations come into view. The result is an interplay between rigorous form and a semblance of amateurishness that is also discernible in the idiom of his photographs and films and unmistakably anchors his work in the here and now.

Till Megerle was born in Bayreuth in 1979 and lives and works in Vienna.

Artist’s books have been published in conjunction with the exhibitions.

The exhibition program is conceived by the board of the Secession.