FIGURES OF SPEECH or THE SILENCE OF THE AFTER-GLIMPSE
In 2002 C. Hirtl presented 141 large tempera
paintings, the so-called "main clauses" (1990-2002), for
the Salzlager (salt depot) of the City of Hall in Tirol
Hirtl works with or rather towards the realization
of philosophical concepts. The paintings in this installation "Figures
of Speech or The Silence of the After-Glimpse" are pictorial
approaches towards basic aspects of human existence: time, space,
self, language, and the contrast between the exterior/interior.
Underlying these categories is a multitude of ideas originating
in the realms of phenomenology, hermeneutics, and the Japanese Kyoto
School. Each sign-no matter how much the original kanji may have
been transformed-serves as a special marker. What we can see here
is a shorthand of thinking-typical of Hirtl's process of work.