Josef Dabernig, "Hotel Roccalba", 2007
September 22nd - November 3rd 2007
Opening: Friday, September 21st, 2007, 7 p.m.
Josef Dabernig's works deal with categories of repetition, uniformity, and Bedeutungsarmut (1) (the absence of significance). Behind these disenchanting results, a play of accurate deception and discourse-related countertactics is concealed. While Dabernig's cinematic works, with their unconventional treatment of fiction and documentation, eagerly and consistently ignore genre standards, his manifold medial work represents the artist's (hi)story (Geschichte, 2) in form of a transcription. By means of a structural practice, Dabernig shifts contents to a meta-level, and in doing so is committed to strict formal coherence.
For his exhibition at Galerie Andreas Huber, the artist turns onto approved material: In 1988, Dabernig had objects produced for an in-situ project which construction refers to air duct technology. Later, the bulky forms made out of sheet zinc were taken apart for storage reasons. The standardized sheets repeatedly reappear in Dabernig's installations, as a kind of recycling strategy. This is primarily a question of permutation between the poles of surface and space.
The second work presented in the exhibition is Proposal for a New Kunsthaus, not further developed which Dabernig developed in 2004 for Grazer Kunstverein, and which has until now not been shown in Vienna. The project which is presented as slide projection here deals with virulent issues of contemporary architecture for museums in a for the artist characteristical sarcastic way.
Finally, a third piece refers to Dabernig's new film Hotel Roccalba which is currently in progress. Credits, synopsis, screenplay and illustrated cast have been layouted and - beyond their information content - question the possibilities of representation of purely functional contents.
Galerie Andreas Huber is happy to present Josef Dabernig's work which has been shown in prominent contexts such as at the Venice Biennial in 2001 and 2003, at Manifesta 3, in numerous solo and group shows, as well as at film festivals for the first time in a gallery solo show in Vienna.
The exhibition is open from September 22 to November 3, 2007 and is supported by Leitner Personalmanagement At Work and Wien Kultur.