Heinz Egger

With eighteen aquatints/brush etchings, four helio­gravures and two tinted monotypes by Heinz Egger, on Zerkall mould-made paper, 145 g/m², hand-bound, embossed, 39.6 x 32 cm, 44 pages.
The aquatints/brush etchings, helio­gravures and mono­types were printed by Michèle Dillier at the Atelier de Gravure, Moutier, Switzer­land. Title and text were printed in letterpress by Romain Crelier in Moutier. The hand­made bindings were produced at the Atelier für Grafik-, Foto- und Schriftgut­restau­rierung Michael Rothe, Bern.
Klaus Merz's poem "Ernstfall" appeared in the anthology "Aus dem Staub", published in 2010 by © Haymonverlag Innsbruck-Vienna.
Print run of 25 numbered copies. Five additional artist's copies not intended for sale carry the numbers EA I-V.
An edition of aquatints/brush etchings and tinted monotypes was produced in connection with the artist's book.

Heinz Egger's images radiate fervour. It is the fervour of the images. This world of images is derived from observations that awaken thoughts, is derived from recollections that, perhaps, also sometimes emerge from dream-cum-reality and from the unearthly, the unknown. That said, the artist is no dreamer – he is very much in the here and now. The insignificant can also be put into perspective, emerge from the dark into the light – like the tragic. Where others would narrate, Egger creates images – by means of painting as well as graphic reproduction, as may be seen in the book Glutnester.
We see that it is the image that thrusts itself on this artist; the image, for him, possesses an urgency – it is a place of urgency, as he once declared. As a consequence, it is also a place of forcefulness. Egger uses images to penetrate into issues surrounding reality, surrounding the meaning of things and situations. In this process, uncertainties are the transparency that is characteristic of Egger's intensifications.
Egger is a radical artist, a quietly radical artist. Radical in terms of going back to the roots. Egger's images seek after the roots of appearances, after the reason for that which is. If this tends to make him a dark artist, this in no way implies he is a pessimist. After all, he is aware of the nuances of things. He knows exactly where to shine a light.

Konrad Tobler