Crouch I & Crouch II(2/7)
2017, I: Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm incl. white wooden frame with rear panel, II: relief/woodcut, 30 x 30cm
The crouching youngster is based on a sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarotti. Like all the other black and white oil paintings, this young man is in a universe. A sphere, perhaps a planet, is hidden in the upper corner of the picture, penetrated by a beam that seems to have its origin beneath the buttocks. The shoulders and hips of this figure, which seems to float in the darkness of infinity, are the most prominent. The white frame seems to be made of plaster - but it is made of wood. To this oil painting belongs inseparably a smaller version as a relief (woodcut), also black and white and through the frame about the same size.
About the artist
In addition, painting, always starting from the clear line, became more and more important. At this time the artist Oscar Asboth supported him immensely in artistic respects, which led to a strong, above all human development.
Today his stylistic elements are part of Metzger's latest paintings. For some time now he has also been working together with his wife Birgit on the "Gesamtkunstwerk". From interiors and fashion to theatre sets and performance projects. Core and starting point, however, are always his drawings or paintings, shown at about 100 exhibitions in Austria and abroad, among others for the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Most recently collaboration with the Austrian Ski Association.
Martin Metzger lives and works in Kitzbühel, Tyrol, Austria.