Hubert KOSTNER 'HOCHSAISON'
The young South Tyrolean artist Hubert KOSTNER (born in 1971, Brixen) ironically questions touristic stereotypes. Within his second solo exhibition at the Galerie Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna, called 'Hochsaison', he parodies the kitschy, clichéd-touristic influenced perception of alpine landscapes.
One of Hubert KOSTNERS works, which is part of his touristic repertoire, is for example the parvant 'wb,tt2' (short for 'weiße Berge, tiefe Täler2' 'white mountains, death valleys,2'). This paravant is a one-side printed formwork panel, which is connected by hinges and displays a mountain range, presumably painted in the 1960s. Due to its flexible parts, the paravant can be arranged in various positions. The work of art combines and unifies oppositions like nature and architecture, sight and camouflage. All displayed works such as 'Stalker' and 'Platzhirsch' intend to create an independent and superficial perception of touristic dominated areas in the Alps.
As visible in the works such as the series 'Egon', twelve manipulated packets of cigarettes, 'Pixie', a mural installation as well as 'Fumata bianca', two oversized cigarette packets, KOSTNER plays with distortion of dimension and context. With his work 'Colouring Vehicles', twelve porn magazine pages party covered with aluminium plates, KOSTNER not only distorts the contexts, but literally disguise it. Similar to 'Colouring Vehicles', 'Magazin 109' is a series of thirty nine porn magazine pages that are over painted with glossy paint. The over painting in KOSTNER'S works symbolizes censorship, especially in association with women and sexuality. 'Colouring', another series of painted aluminium plates, even deals with the aesthetic quality of veiled women - a playful approach towards the aesthetic possibilities within a society full of censorship.
Censorship is very often used as a tool to control and limit the expansion of diverse religions and cultures. Additionally 'Ölbild' reflects our ambivalent relationship concerning the oriental and Arabic world.
With the ironic title of the carpet-work 'die Wüste Gobi und die Wüste Gabi', which is a homage to former times, when once the carpet was a symbol of middle-class prosperity and a certain fascination for the Orient, the concept of the exhibition fulfils its initial point.
Thank you for your kind interest
Mario Mauroner & Team
Hubert Kostner (born in 1971 at Brixen/Bressanone), graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He lives in Kastelruth/Castelrotto, Italy. Lived in Munich, Madrid and Beijing.
Hubert KOSTNER ist diesjähriger Preisträger des "Premio Agenore Fabbri" - des von der VAF Foundation in Frankfurt gestifteten Kunstpreises für "aktuelle Positionen italienischer Kunst".
Ausgewählte Ausstellungen / Selezione mostre / Selected exhibitions
Dreams, group exhibition Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg, Austria.
Hochsaison, MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg [solo]
From&To (mit Michael Sailstorfer), kunst Meran Merano arte (I) [catalogue]
Im Paradiesgarten, eine lange Nacht am Naschmarkt, Wiener Festwochen
Premio Fabbri, Stadtgalerie Kiel (D) [catalogue]
Greenhouse, Atelierhaus Museion Bozen/Bolzano (I) [solo, catalogue]
Lost & Found, Galerie Goethe2, Bozen/Bolzano (I) [solo, catalogue]
Sudator, Bahnhof Bozen, Stazione di Bolzano (I) [solo, catalogue]
Msuite, Gallery Prisma, Bozen/Bolzano (I) [solo, catalogue] www.msuite.it
Hubert KOSTNER, MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg, Salzburg
European triennial of small-scale sculpture, Gallery of Murska Sobota, Slovenia [catalogue]
Small is beautiful, Ursula Blickle Stiftung (D), curator Prof. Peter Weiermair [catalogue]
Summit Book on Eurac Tower, Museion & Eurac, Bozen/Bolzano (I) [solo]
Passo Sella, MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna and Salzburg (A)
Grüsse aus Bozen / Saluti da Bolzano, Galerie Goethe2, Bozen/Bolzano (I) [solo, catalogue]
Land(e)scaping, Galerie Agripas 12, Jerusalem, Israel [DVD]
Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria
rtu_ms, Galerie Goethe2, Bozen/Bolzano (I) [solo, catalogue]
A parasite showing, Jachtclub Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina [catalogue]
Panorama 03, Junge Kunst Südtirol, Bozen/Bolzano (I) [catalogue]