||26. bis 29. April 2007|
Galerie Ernst Hilger
Mobil: +43-664-39 35 272
Tel.: +43-1-512 53 15
Erik Binder (b. 1974, in Slovakia) sees art as an open platform. His projects are always about mass culture, its heroes and its scapegoats. Binder's approach to art can be metaphorically described as a playing field, where the rules of the game are made up as it goes along. He works in various artistic media including photography, installations and video art.
Hermann Nitsch - It was the dream of Kurt Zein and me to make a 2 x 3-metre etching. We are now presenting the first attempt. Although it has to a great extent taken on its own autonomy as a work of printed graphics, we shouldn't forget that it concerns an architectural drawing of my project of the Orgy Mystery Theatre. And this after the representational picture of a Deposition from the Cross. Organs, nerve tracts and bones are spaces, paths and passageways of a subterranean theatre, in which actions happen.
Karl Baier: You seem to start out from the idea that an art which is not entangled in the usual superficiality of things can contribute something to liberate humanity. Isn't this an over-ambitious claim?
Leo Zogmayer: But art can't do anything else! Everything that is contrived, everything that deceives, should grow pale and vanish. Over and out. Nothing is important. Art is weightless. It doesn't matter where the emphasis is that it breaks into. Everything revolves and celebrates, quietly. Forms, names become transparent. Art has to erase conceits, in fact everything formed and contrived. The world becomes mute. And what we wanted to understand becomes visible. When the space for comments and prerogatives breaks its boundaries into openness. That is art. Free.
From a talk between Leo Zogmayer and the philosopher Karl Baier, Vienna 2007. Appears in autumn 2007 in the volume of texts for the catalogue "Leo Zogmayer, schoen".
Alfred Hrdlicka - Power yet serenity characterise the forms in the work of Alfred Hrdlicka. Time and again, his vehement social commitment and his intense preoccupation with critical topics of our age make him and his work the focus of controversy, arousing an ambivalent attitude among his critics. An inner restlessness and disquiet drive him constantly to new experiments, techniques and forms of expression.
Eduard Angeli places his work on a timeless level with ultimate objectivity. Clear cut edges of buildings adjacent to their diffused angles are simultaneously stating these metaphysical stages as a tribute to the romantic. (...) Angeli creates a close-up of the horizon motif. The display details are partial within the artist's field of view, therefore the buildings are mostly cut. The main facade with its rigidity rarely has a small courtyard and is flanked by adjoining buildings which are reaching toward the narrow vestibule. It is impossible to enter the stage, although the depictions are suggestive and the whole ambience is realistically staged. But these views are like intensive dreams of a scary reality. Never viewed and never committed, they are symbols of abandonment and existential loneliness; representative of a silence that is both threatening and hopeful at the same time.
Further artists at VIENNAFAIR 07:
Asgar/Gabriel, Maria Bussmann (Zone 1 AZ010), Berenice Darrer, Oliver Dorfer, Andreas Leikauf, Sasa Makarova, Hubert Schmalix, Hans Staudacher, Massimo Vitali.
Erik Binder, Night rider, 2007, c-print, 50x130 cm
Hermann Nitsch, Kreuzabnahme,Triptychon, 2006 Strichradierung auf Kupfer, Kaltnadel, Lithographie und Vernis Mou auf Aktionsmalerei, Ed 36+4, 200x300 cm
Leo Zogmayer, Schwarz/Weiß, 2005, Glas/Acryl, 50x70 cm
Alfred Hrdlicka, Aus dem Zyklus Mozart, 2006, Gouache auf Buetten, 69,5x105,5 cm
Eduard Angeli, Redentore, 2006, Kohle und Kreide auf Papier, 100x150 cm