Votive Paintings

The Votive Paintings of Michael Endlicher demand arbitrary action from the viewer. You first have to choose an item, then you have to declare yourself by hanging the painting. There are always two cut-out „4-letter-words“ in the paintings, one is always at the top, below is the other one upside down and averted. The reciprocal relationship between the two words opens up the space that generates the image. By using the painting as an object of adoration Endlicher reflects a reminiscence of the religious votive painting: the artist promises pictures to those who take on their share of the work that produces the art work.

Read more about Endlicher's Votive Paintings: The Perennial Question of the Image by Brigitta Höpler.