Markus Wilfling, "Strange Alibert", 2000/2001, various material
I am delighted to announce the first personal-show by outstanding MARKUS WILFLING in the Projektraum Viktor Bucher.
Wilfling, whose work is determinated by straightforward confusions of predeterminated structures of perception, will show a new mirror-object, a strange bathroom cabinet, an endless text-tape and a sinking park-bench.
Lost in order
"...The shadow and mirror objects are likewise a mirror-image of the state of our society: that is, phantomisation. It is a long time since art became a realm of duplication, a double of objects, as a result of this transition from sculpture to everyday object. The homes of rich collectors are overflowing with copies of seats, ovens, showers etc., which are fully functional but cannot be used because they are made by artists. These double objects reveal the collective unconscious, the suppressed, taboo knowledge that in capitalism every object exists in double: as exchange value and utility value, as a product and as a thing. This double existence of every object creates a shadow world, a world of phantoms and spectres, which do nonetheless actually exist: The real phantoms of the capitalist product world, the fetishes, stand alongside or opposite each other in Wilflingīs sculptures. Once, when pictures were only really shadows of the real world, artists could not paint shadows...Today they build a shadow object alongside every object, because the real world consists of shadows, spectres and phantoms."