Gernot Wieland, w.t., Nr. 23
Courtesy Galerie Andreas Huber
With the show "2 kilometres west, 1 kilometre south, 100 metres straight on", Gernot Wieland concludes the second part of a work series that he set off with an exhibition at the Galerie im Traklhaus in Salzburg.
The work refers to the fictive figure of a scientist living in a mental home and who, in the beginning, can only fulfill his urge to be an ornithologist in his imagination. Only when the institution gradually opens up, he is able to leave the home also for longer periods.
For instance, he travels to Wales to watch birds (video: Reise nach Wales, 2005).
In his works, compiled over three decades, there are, amongst others, one hundred drawings, charts, scientific literature, maps, construction manuals for aviaries, diaries documenting his trip to Wales, as well as a small stamp collection consisting merely of stamps showing birds.
Thus, this work not only documents a lifework, but also how society deals with psychiatric institutions.
By means of this parallel world which the artist meticulously researched, and a self-defined form of "the scientific", Gernot Wieland shows the relativity of our perception of reality. The intersections between subjective perception and the scientific canon may denote a social consent, but one which – in all its sustainability – remains abstract and invisible.
"With works that depict a real psychical situation, it corresponds with Wieland's subtle artistic method, not to aim at doubling the effects – that is, not to use stylistic, drastical narrative forms like documentary photography or photographic realism –, but quite the contrary, to disarm the drastic content by transforming reality into a fictional world (…). His idea of fiction works as an element for irritation and for uncoupling traditional models of perception." (Patricia Grzonka)
The exhibition is on show from May 12 to June 17 and is accompanied by a catalogue with texts by Patricia Grzonka, Albert Wörtl, and Andreas Zetterberg.