Space for the fleeting of eternity, the vanishing and the transient: for the artist Eva Schlegel photography is an important point of departure for a diversity of procedures. In earlier works she projected photos onto lead backgrounds. She is constantly concerned with the blurriness of the view as an experimental investigation of human perception.
For Hotel Greif she has applied a photo onto a wooden board and covered it with numerous layers of red varnish in a way which makes the original erotic subject retreat into the background. It also acquires a glow of its own. In its physical presence the picture seems to flicker.
Eva Schlegel’s blurred scripts on man-sized sheets of flat glass shown in the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1995 are also well-known. Her text works on glass often blurred to the point of being almost illegible are to be seen as an examination of the architectural and the immaterial space.
Like everywhere in the hotel, the room’s colours and materials finely harmonise with the works of art: the dark blue seating group placed on a green “Gabbeh” carpet invites guests to relax and feast their eyes on the art and the impressive view from the picture windows.
Incidentally, the present appearance of Room No. 215 is the merit of the owner Dr. Staffler: the bed was initially positioned looking towards the window. ‘That doesn’t work. We need to do it differently!’ was Dr. Staffler’s reaction. Accordingly the room was changed once again in spite of the extra work it incurred (it was practically finished...) to give it its present, far more open arrangement.