I vaguely remember that Tobias Pils visited me some years ago, to present his work. In the meanwhile he is one of the very few Austrian artists of his generation, who has been internationally immensely successful. He is not only with three very powerful galleries like Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York (Tobias inaugurated her New York branch 2017), Capitain Petzel, Berlin and Gisela Capitain, Cologne. But he also has been doing numerous institutional shows: in the Secession, Vienna, the Kunsthalle Krems, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop, Germany, Le Consortium, Dijon, France, Chinati Foundation, Marfa/ TX, US etc.
His idea of teaching the course is to accompany each student individually to do some new steps in his/her artistic production. Therefore I’m excited to see how this will work and if and how the group will come in at a certain point.
Tobias Pils will encourage students to withdraw into themselves to work, to reflect and to exchange ideas. The aim is to familiarise them with their own work and working method. Tobias would like to enable students to gradual distancing and further development.
All classic painting and drawing techniques are welcome in the course. The prerequisite is process-oriented open-mindedness towards calling in question ones own working method. One to one conversations will initiate this process, which the students will then implement in their work.