071209: Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Philip Patkowitsch – Somewhere North to the Future

Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf: Philip Patkowitsch – Somewhere North to the Future Don’t I know him? That’s the question that automatically comes to your mind while viewing the numerous small-format aquarelles painted by Philip Patkowitsch, which are currently displayed in the exhibition “Somewhere North to the Future”. They are portraits of men that at the same time seem familiar and as if they were strangers. One assumes to have recognized Clint Eastwood or Albert Einstein, but one is never sure if these acquainted and seemingly significant faces might, if one could see them in their entirety, be completely unknown. This is the charm of these partially collaged aquarelles: they show an incomplete or awkwardly distorted face and despite their technical quality are never true to life depictions. Typical for Patkowitsch’s technique is that the works are more sketchy and rather subdued in their colourfulness but expressive in their gestures and focus masterfully on significant details. He skilfully plays with collective reminiscences, with the cultural memory of a society - and then breaks these stereotypes up to unmask their meaninglessness. For instance when we view a workingman’s lower body, his arm, and the hand which is obviously not holding a tool, and therefore conducting a “void motion”. A completely different, but nevertheless harmonious supplement is “found woodage”: large drawings on canvas, all showing heaps of wood. These are skilful abstract compositions that let one guess what they actually constitute. Common to both parts of the exhibit is the aura of the “has-been”, the old, the no longer belonging to the present: such as the ink drawings showing dilapidated or collapsed wooden constructions or the portraits reminding of stars and personalities of the 1950’s or 1960’s. By Wolfgang Pichler Startgalerie im Museum auf Abruf 1010 Vienna, Felderstrasse 6-8, next to the Town Hall, until 10.12.09 http://www.musa.at/startgalerie.

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