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Antonio Marra - Hohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau, 2014

  

Antonio Marra »Hohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau«, 2014, Inv.-Nr.1-2466 (frontal view)

Antonio MarraHohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
140 x 180 cm

 

Antonio Marra is known for his self developed painting technique, where he applies the colors onto a three dimensional, grooved grid. By using a comb he vertically abrades material off the painting surface. The resulting grooves serve as a three dimensional surface. When confronted with a Marra one has to walk around the painting to decipher and put together the two images. 

In the painting Hohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau  a mountainous and flat landscape are opposing each other. This duality in the motive can be found in many of his other works. Oftentimes he also uses opposing color schemes, which again is a form of duality. Marras work differs from other optical art in that it seems to have an impressionistic moment when being face to face with one of his paintings. When walking around his work, there are these moments of completion, when all the pieces come together and compose the image perfectly. But between those redeeming moments, the painting is in a fragmented and vibrating state, where one can see both images simultaneously.

Antonio Marra »Hohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau«, 2014, Inv.-Nr.1-2466 (Frontalansicht)

Antonio Marra »Hohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau«, 2014, Inv.-Nr.1-2466 (drei Ansichten)

Antonio Marra »Hohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau«, 2014, Inv.-Nr.1-2466 (Ansicht von rechts)

Antonio Marra »Hohe Schuhe, lange Beine oder in den Armen einer vernünftigen Frau«, 2014, Inv.-Nr.1-2466 (Ansicht von links)

About artist
Antonio Marra
Neapel, 1959

Antonio Marra (*1959 Volturara Irpina, Italy) is an Italian artist. 1982 he graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples. Marra lives and works in Offenbach am Main in Germany. As a protagonist of Op-Art, he applies a style of visual art to his paintings that uses optical illusions. Marra achieves particular optical effect by modelling his canvases and creating a lamellar, relief-like structure on which he deliberately and precisely applies different colours. Depending on the perspective of the spectator, his paintings give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping.