embrace for the worst

Daniel Domig

After a visit of his exhibition „embrace for the worst“ at unttld contemporary, one can clearly say that painting is Daniel Domig´s natural way of expression. Like birds sing, I am tempted to say – although, of course, we don´t know if and how much fighting and tearing out of hair has taken place in the production process. Anyway, the paintings are now on the gallery walls, naturally and with an air of great implicitness.

In warmer shades and a freer manner of painting than last, the exhibition is basically about human physicality - mergings and transgressions - and the questioning and rechallenging of relationships, especially  so considering some of the pictures´ titles. Domig´s paintings, though, are not as sombre as this description might suggest:  they contain likeably fiddling, humanly blemished elements, in a very playful manner.

As an extra work of art, the writer Frank Ruf has written a text freely connected to the pictures. In five parts or short chapters he tells the phantastic story of Phonika and Telemon, who – apart from corporal merging – have to deal with amalgamations of very different types.

Julia Maurer




unttld contemporary
Schleifmühlgasse 5

1040 Wien





Header: Ausschnitt aus „Remembership“

1: links: „the streets look somehow unfamiliar“, 40 x 30cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2016; rechts: „Somewhere is Better than Anywhere“, 190 x 150cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2017

2: „The end of easy ethics“, 200 x 170cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018

3: Ausstellungsansicht (Kopfrequisite vom gezeigten Video)

4: „Remembership“, 150 x 200cm, Öl auf Mischgewebe, 2018

5: links: „Forgetful Nest“, 150 x 200cm, Öl auf Mischgewebe, 2018; rechts: „Remembership“

6: „Learn to bear the Beams of Love“, 170 x 200cm, Öl auf Leinwand, 2018