Antonio Marra - Hohe 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, he painting is in a fragmented and vibrating state, where one can see both images simultaneously.