210909: Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Fabian Patzak – Someplace Next Year

Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Fabian Patzak – Someplace Next Year A master of reduced architectures of desire If there is something like a young, contemporary generation of painters, and if, as it seems, they show a strong interest for rooms and especially for room paintings, then Fabian Patzak is doubtless one of their most prominent representatives. The atmosphere of his very reduced, almost shy, oil paintings, remind of Edward Hopper or Charles Sheeler, albeit Patzak’s are even more reduced, as they are always painted tone on tone. And even without knowing the titles, his works are always 100 percent American rooms, reminding of film classics by Hitchcock, Woody Allen, or the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster. Rooms that narrate about amplitude and openness, but also of the intensity of New York as the artists’ metropolis - without being dramatic or kitschy. His oil on wood miniatures possess an even more fascinating intensity: among them a window onto Oxford Street, resembling a linocut and thereby breaking the sobriety of the topic in a subtle way. The basic sentiment of being alone, which distinguishes this generation of young Viennese artists, is conveyed intensively in Patzak’s work. This loneliness is mediated by the emptiness, which dominates the room paintings in this exhibition. One is literally pulled into these completely non-kitschy idylls and begins to enjoy the quiet and vastness, because - even if might not sound like that - Fabian Patzak’s paintings are anything but depressive or melancholic. Yes, he actually seems to paint the silence in the middle of the invisible turmoil. He paints what could be seen, if all unclear, hectic, confusing things would disappear from the scene and the pure “now” would be left over. In this way the presented works are architectures of desire, which are capable of mediating this silence. By Wolfgang Pichler Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf 1010 Vienna, Felderstrasse 6-8, next to the Town Hall, until 03.10.09 www.musa.at/startgalerie

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