November 16, 2007 - January 12, 2008
Vernissage: November 15, 2007, 6 p.m.
Paring wax coloured in rich hues with wood, Johannes Girardoni has concocted a winning combination. The texture and aroma of these works are as captivating as their curved forms and dramatic colours. The titles of the pieces reflect the names of the pigments that Girardoni mixes into various types of beeswax from all over the world. While the colours lean toward loud, the sculpted shapes are quiet and subtle, both whimsical and architectural. These pieces derive strength from their simple, straightforward contrast of materials: the fabricated and the found.
Through a minimalist´s spare vocabulary of subtlety and nuance, Girardoni creates dramatic tension by focusing on the duality inherent in his mediums - the raw materiality of found objects such as battered and weathered wood or metal in opposition to the poetic elegance of refined wax surfaces. Duality is at the very nature of the work itself, which is at once both painting and sculpture.
Johannes Girardoni was born 1967 in Graz and left Austria in 1982 for his studies in the USA. From 1985 until 1989 he studied art, philosophy and art-history at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. He is living and working in New York at the moment.
The exhibiton will be opened within the scope of Seilerstätte Plus.
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