Atelier Ettl 1996


"Atelier Ettl" is virtually a label used by the artist to cover a range of disparate works - prints, magazines, objects, furniture, household utensils - produced by the artist and considered by him of equal importance to his other sculptures, paintings and murals. 

An exhibition, in 1996 at the Château d'Angers (famous for its Tapestry of the Apocalypse) provided Ettl with the opportunity to create the "Babylon" wallpaper design which is now available commercially and can be purchased by mail order. Ettl's initial education in machine engineering and industrial design is not entirely irrelevant to his defence of mass production as an artistic means and he regularly refers to our time as an age of industry. However, his approach to the question may best be judged from the careful treatment meted out equally to each article, from his refusal to limit production runs or even discriminate between first and production runs of his work. As much a philosopher as an artist, he logically pursues his reasoning on the position of art in society at large. Consequently, in addition to any aesthetic aspect, one must also consider his more democratic, anti-elitist manner of disseminating art. He would like to believe that the artist can actually "improve" our daily lives, so that instead of merely experiancing social or domestic existance, we can see things differently, both visually and intellectually, directly as well as filtered through our own culture, perceiving things both as meaningful and enigmatic.