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Solo show: SKALL (F) – A Light beyond Darkness (over)

11 March 2010 until 1 May 2010 MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art

MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art
Weihburggasse 26
1010 Vienna
Austria (city map)

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For his first solo show in Vienna, the French artist SKALL (born1960) will bestow the gallery Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna with a baroque ambient, by tracking down "The Light Beyond Darkness" and declaring beauty, vanity and excess to it's dogma. Accordingly, SKALL's answers to the question regarding his affinity to the Baroque is: "What is the Baroque? An idea about excess? Then yes, I am a baroque, because life is baroque!"

SKALL, who aside from his pearl, jewelry and treasure studded sculptures, has also dedicated himself to performance art, lives in excess. Consequently, the Latin word excedere (engl. "to step out") becomes an allegory for the art works of the artist, whose performances and sculptures demonstrate the opulence and the kitsch of the Baroque, as well as it's exuberance and ambiguity. The sculptures, which were especially created for his show in the gallery Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna show reminiscences of the works from the Baroque "Kunstkammern", where not just the worth of the material, but also the worth of the handcraft in itself seem boundless.

For SKALL's large scale sculpture, titled "A Light beyond Darkness", which also builds the focus of the exhibition, the artist applies symbol-laden pearls - black ones from Tahiti, pink sweet water pearls from China and golden ones from Australia - whose worth alone already sum up to several tausend Euros. Not only the material ennobles the artwork, but also the artist's numerous hours of labor, which are necessary for it's production, and so SKALL describes this time, the absurd vanity of the coming into existence, as well as the fragility of the artwork as his "attempt to create an idea of beauty". Nevertheless, it is not the idea of beauty alone, which SKALL tries to depict - similar to vanity motives it is the ambiguity he aspires to, when he covers a skull with pearls and spiking it with a nimbus of colorful feathers, turning it into a splendid mask. Could death be portrayed any more beautifully than with SKALLS "tacky" skull? Thereby, it may also not come as a surprise that SKALL allows his artworks to also take on an absurd and humorous quality, by stating - "it's like a serious joke".

Many renown collections house the artist's artworks, for example, the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; the Groninger Museum, Groningen (NL); as well as in the Fnac, La Défense, Puteaux; Musée de Chateauroux.

We look forward to welcoming you in the gallery and thank you for your interest.

Mario Mauroner & Team

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