Hakgojae Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of works by German artist, Tim Eitel (b.1971, Leonberg) in Seoul, on view from September 30th through November 12th. Apparition of a Distance, However Near is a chance to view recent works of the artist for the first time in 6 years, since his first solo exhibition in Hakgojae (first exhibition ever in Asia), in 2011. In Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, Tim Eitel had a solo booth, and at the same time held a solo exhibition in Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong, confirming his recognition not only in Europe and the U.S., but in Asia as well.
Tim Eitel personally decided on the title of this exhibition, citing Walter Benjamin’s essay explaining the concept of aura, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1936). The artist believes that every being and object has an aura like an artwork, and aspires to induce others to become conscious of all beings and realize their importance. This exhibition consists of Tim Eitel’s most recent eleven works, which reflect the artist’s comprehension and techniques of painting by presenting all subjects from past works. Eitel paints space, time, and figures using soft and tranquil tones. The viewer may realize that the artist’s unique tone and ambience have reached somewhere further. He paints figures and scenes with ubiquity, leading the viewers to interpret his paintings on their own. The viewers may become reminiscent of past memories or feel various emotions such as solitude, somberness, etc.
Tim Eitel was born in Leonberg, Germany, in 1971. He studied literature and philosophy in University of Stuttgart from 1993 to 1994. Then he studied painting in Burg Giebichtenstein in 1994, and continued to study fine arts in Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst from 1997. He is a part of the New Leipzig School along with Neo Rauch, Anna Tessenow, and others. He has held many solo exhibitions in various locations, such as Pace Gallery, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Hakgojae Gallery, etc. He also participated in numerous group exhibitions, such as Cleveland Museum of Art, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary Arts – Berlin, etc. His works are a part of many collections such as ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Sammlung Essl – Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Deutsche Bank Collection, etc. Since 2015, Eitel has been a professor in École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, a prominent school for modern and contemporary arts. Eitel will be participating in a group exhibition this December, in China Academy of Arts Museum in Hangzhou.