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ART Innsbruck

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Art Innsbruck: Warhol Meets Bogin
  Warhol meets Bogin

The special exhibition ,Pop life!' curated by Clemens Rhomberg for the 16th ART Innsbruck leads from the many times replicated Pop Art-subjects by Andy Warhol to the minimalist colorland and Plastic Fantastic-cycle by Greg Bogin, a student of Julian Schnabel.

Clemens Rhomberg is with this years' special exhibition ,Pop life!' on a flying visit at the Warhol Factories from the 60ies and 70ies and another artist studio from our days, both in New York. Thereby he is confronting Andy Warhol, the best-known co-founder and representative of Pop Art, to Greg Bogin, one of the most exciting representative of the contemporary New York art scene. Bogin, born in 1965, was a student of Julian Schnabel, one of the most renown contemporary New York artists and is meanwhile represented in the most important collections of these days, such as Bischofsberger (Switzerland), Daimler Contemporary (Berlin), Gian Enzo Sperone (New York), Taguchi Art Collection (Japan), Vanhaerents Art Collection (Brussels). At the ART Innsbruck Rhomberg shows works from the so called Colorland-period and the Plastic Fantastic-cycle. Nevertheless, that both works seem to be diametral at first sight - here Pop Art, there geometric Minimalism - they are thus showing for Rhomberg an astonishing ,mental' relation. As Bogin also deals intensively with the reproducibility of his artistic approach.

" I think that the individual parts are demountable, as if they were developed by the laws of building blocks. I want to develop a simple solution for the continuation of topics I used in my works so far. I want to enable myself more flexibility, to change the pictures and to maintain a repeating structure at the same time," describes the artist his working method. His affinity for everyday objects, like household appliances, cars, toys derives as well from the use of systems and formalism and also from the colors „based on the childlike need to organize objects in my everyday life". In the Rhomberg chosen Bogin-works, letters and squares are merging symbiotically into one another. Although the individual squares, painted in bright colors, are clearly visible through the white ruler upheaval, however at the same time they seem to float in indefinable depth on the white background. Furthermore this lattice structure causes one of the well-known phenomena of a classical optical illusion. So in one moment this white areas appear like a untrodden land and in the next moment they give a hint to the next step, the collection and a step in the dark.

The works by Andy Warhol on the other side are considered to be a mirror of the American mass culture of the 60ies and 70ies. The former advertising and graphic designer staged his art perfectly aware as mechanic-serial ,mass medium'. It was no coincidence that he named his studios Factories and denied each form of personalization. Besides his screen print, as classical replication process, he used especially for his famous Mao-series the so called Bottled Line-technique, which he already developed in the 40ies. Thereby he places a paper, repellent to water, on a pencil sketch and copies the sketch afterwards with ink. Finally he prints this ink sketch on watercolor paper. That way Warhol could vary the thickness of lines and experiment on the colorization with different colors and inks.

One highlight amongst other things of the ART-special exhibition will be Warhol's silkscreens in colors of the Cologne Cathedral. " The artists created with these an incomparable series, regarding the variation of color and technical brilliance, in a depiction of the Cologne Cathedral," emphasizes Rhomberg. " If we look at all these together, you get the valid interpretation of a high-gothic masterpiece from the view of one of the most important artists of the 20th century." Warhol's works in sum is for Rhomberg ,a kind of message journal'. Similar to mass media also his works preserve the history of his own time. Warhol's forecast for our world, like mass media, was therefore as clear-sighted, as also disillusioning. " One day", so his résume, " everybody thinks, what he wants to think, and probably everybody will think the same. That's how it looks to me at the moment."

The special exhibition ,Pop life!' curated and compiled by Clemens Rhomberg will be shown at the 16th ART Innsbruck from 24th to 27th February 2012 on the gallery of fair hall D (former hall 4), Stand Nr. G/16
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