Parasites /Newport Street Gallery London
Newport Street Gallery will present ‘Parasites’ a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Martin Eder (b.1968, Augsburg), featuring major new paintings alongside work spanning over a decade of the artist’s career. Eder’s paintings examine beauty and ugliness, depicting kittens and wide-eyed puppies alongside uncompromising nudes and more sinister and surreal encounters. Featuring over forty works, the exhibition will take place from 26 September to 13 January and is Eder’s largest solo show to date.
Martyrium /Galerie EIGEN+ART Leipzig
In the Classical era they were almost always nude: Greek gods, warriors, and Olympic athletes in ideally harmonious composition. The naked human body was that of a man. In the Renaissance, the type of the beautiful naked boy manifests in portrayals of saints and martyrs. In the form of Christ — taken off of the cross, the genitals covered only by a light loincloth — or as Saint Sebastian — purified by arrows, more in sensual relaxation than physical agony — they convey an ideal of beauty. Floating in this transcendent moment between life and death, they underline the grace of the body even during its last breath. Without question their erotic appeal to the male viewer also was intended to play a part in the process.
Psychic /Mudam, Luxembourg
The scenarios that Martin Eder creates in his paintings, photographs, watercolours, sculptures and on film are set in a fantastic parallel world. The exhibition Psychic at Mudam Luxembourg centres on two new groups of works by the artist, who was born in Augsburg in 1968. While spatially separated from one another the paintings and the audiovisual installation are interconnected in a subversive manner by a common theme.
Phenomena /Project B Gallery, Milan
Phenomena – a title that comes from the film of the same name by Dario Argento, which influenced the artist's practice through its particular use of colour – is a selection of provocative new works executed in a palette that ranges nonchalantly “from pale flesh tones to velvety reds and lapis lazuli blues". In the text she has written for this exhibition, Jane Neal details how these colors are also synonymous with Renaissance painting in Northern Europe and explains how Eder is focusing on the theme of vanitas and the memento mori – where “a serpent makes its bed amidst the frothy petals of a flower … and Angels and warrior maidens are captured not in flight nor in battle, but at rest…” to Neal, Eder is engaging with the stylistic expression of a rediscovered harmony with the Renaissance, the Baroque and Romanticism - all of which surfaced during a recent trip by the artist to Mexico.