, born in Linz (AT) in 1971, lives and works in Vienna. His pictures are paradoxes. Each work is at once process and product, gain and loss, impenetrable and transparent, planned and fortuitous. We see lines, grids, all manner of textures, combined with mechanical and organic forms. Objects are hinted at, but any clear interpretation is thwarted. What remain are only components and fragments which evoke for the viewer arbitrary metaphorical associations. Just as the interpretation goes its own way – depending on the viewer’s intuitive notions – Pils’s painting process is also an exploration of intuition. He dispenses with colours, heightening his concentration by working exclusively with shades of grey.
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US). Capitain Petzel, Berlin. 2020
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York, NY (US). Permanent installation, Bonner Raum, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (DE). Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (CH). 2019 Primordial Flow
, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (DE). 2018
Antiparos, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Kastro (GR). Josef Albers Museum Bottrop, (with Bernhard Fuchs, Justin Matherly), Bottrop (DE). 2017
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York, NY. Untitled (Room) & Marfa Paintings
, Josef Albers Museum Bottrop, Bottrop. Untitled
, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems (AT). Le Consortium
, Dijon (FR). 2016 Loge Nr 1
, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (DE). Chinati Foundation, John Chamberlain Building, Marfa, TX (US). Capitain Petzel, Berlin. 2015
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (CH). Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne. 2013 Secession
, Vienna Secession, Vienna.
, Spritmuseum, Stockholm. 2018 Le Consortium Collection
, Le Consortium, Dijon. Jay DeFeo – The Ripple Effect
, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (US). Smooth Transitions
, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich. Jay DeFeo – The Ripple Effect
, Le Consortium, Dijon. Group Show,
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich. 2017 Spiegelnde Fenster
, 21er Haus, Vienna.
Tobias Pils: Antiparos
, DoPe Press, L.A./Paris 2018. Florian Steininger (Kunsthalle Krems) (ed.): Tobias Pils: Doves
, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna 2017. Josef Albers Museum Bottrop (ed.): Tobias Pils. Untitled [Room] & MARFA Paintings
, exh. cat., Koenig Books, London 2017.
Portrait photo: Elfie Semotan