John M Armleder, "Androsace Sarmentosa", 2008, mixed media on canvas, 240 x 180 cm. Foto/Courtesy Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
Due to the great successes the exhibition is prolonged from March 21th. 2009 to April 11th. 2009
John M Armleder, for the first time, presents his works at Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman. The Swiss artist (born in Geneva in 1948, lives in Geneva and New York, since 1994 professor at the Braunschweig University of Art) is among the most important and most influential conceptual artists of our time. His unmistakable, multi-faceted oeuvre, comprising sculptures, paintings, drawings, happenings, installations and video works, from the very start has been characterised by a persistent reflecting on modern art history and a reexamination of the concept of art per se. Numerous international exhibitions, e.g. at the 1986 Venice Biennial, at the Museum of Modern Art New York in 2000. Shows in Austria include the Vienna Secession in 1993 and the Kunstraum Innsbruck in 2001.
Originally rooted in the Fluxus movement of the 1960s, Armleder, in the years following, was influenced by the art of so-called New Geometry, a rediscovery, as it were, of abstraction. Particular international renown the artist acquired, from 1979 onwards, with his Furniture Sculptures, objects taking their place between commodity and art. By combining furniture, lamps or musical instruments with abstract, monochrome or geometric painting the artist raised questions as to the artworthiness of everyday objects. In the eighties, Armleder began to produce Wall Paintings, strictly geometric abstractions and decorative elements on monochrome backgrounds, in which he tested the boundaries of design and free art. His preoccupation with the gestural-expressive drip paintings of the American artist Larry Poons (1912-1962) in the mid-eighties resulted in a series known as Pour Paintings. He vertically poured various paints and varnishes on canvases leaning against the wall, let them run down the surface and overlap in several layers. Finally glitter confered a gentle lustre to the paintings. The recent Puddle Paintings too, in a similar manner, are characterised by a mixture of chance and control. A variety of substances (varnishes, paints, solvents, decorating materials, etc.) are poured onto the canvas spread on the floor and then mixed up. After the pictures are turned upright, the not yet solid liquids slowly creep down the surface.
Armleder questions established cultural references and likes to undermine the current desire for astheticising everyday life. Very well versed in the history of art, he takes painting, objet trouvé, sculpture and design and, with both irony and humour, transfers them into surreal, multi-media contexts. An exciting game with connotations and art history references, bearing testimony to the present day of Armleder's closeness to the aesthetics of Dada and Fluxus.
The exhibition will include, among other works, a serial installation of Armleder's most recent Pour and Puddle Paintings, new Furniture Sculptures from the group of works incorporating furniture by the designer Häberli, and Frankenstein with Eddie Van Halen's original Fender guitar (!), a room installation using the mirror wallpaper Blush, a large Furniture Sculpture consisting of two paintings and three identical wallmounted desks from 1936 by Jean Prouvé, and a three-dimensional picture made of reflecting hemispheres.
Next at the Gallery in April/May 2009: Julia Bornefeld. With a number of other artists (Olafur Eliasson, Subodh Gupta, Damian Ortega, Monika Sosnowska and Andrea Zittel), Bornefeld was invited by the Italian steel group Marcegaglia to produce sculptures for the exhibition steellife, that will form part of the 2009 Milan Triennial. From 13/03 to 05/04/09 the artist will contribute to the exhibition ModernMermaidSyndrom at Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen.
At 11am on Sunday, 25 January, the Kunstverein Augsburg will open its exhibition Thomas Feuerstein Daimon at the Holbeinbaus (25/01 to 08/03/09).
Leiko Ikemura receives the August Macke Prize, to be presented on 24 January in Meschede.
From 17 January, a solo exhibition will be dedicated to Michael Kienzer at Galerie Cora Hölzl, Düsseldorf, and from 29 January his works will be shown at Galerie Steinle Contemporary, Munich.
We will be at the following art fairs: ARCO Madrid (11/02 to 16/02/09); and in April and May at Residenz Salzburg, Art Cologne, artbrussels, Viennafair, and Art Austria.
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