100111: Galerie Martin Janda Raum aktueller Kunst: Werner Feiersinger

Galerie Martin Janda Raum aktueller Kunst: Werner Feiersinger 17.11.10 - 15.01.11 Reverently! Werner Feiersinger’s sculptures, similar to those by the other Austrian “Minimalist” Heimo Zobernig, lack associative titles. All of Feiersinger’s works are characterized by the absence of corporeality, volume or transparency and they lack all that is common to the term sculpture. His works deal with monuments of classic modernism in a surprisingly fashion-resistant manner. Among them are the heroes of international style – architecture, design and lifestyle by Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe or Mendelsohn. In the eyes of numerous critics, Feiersinger’s works “are a polymorph confusion between the utility object, architecture and sculpture” that, “on account of differently connoted reference areas” and at the same time, with investigative impulse, unfold “hybrid energies”. In our time, in which “super architects “ form new alliances with commercialized space and a triumph of superficiality is celebrated (as recently in Vienna: Hotel Sofitel by Jean Nouvel) the artist’s color- and shape-reduced “furniture-like” steel objects stand out from the realistic construction culture and its high-tech decor. With photography Feiersinger demonstrates the method of visual seduction and bereaves it of its hypnotic effect. In the current exhibition at the Gallery Janda the sculptor reconstructs and re-actualizes everyday utilities, tools, symbols and architectural motives and attempts to make that what is ignored more visible symbolically. A huge reddish brown railing fixed diagonally across the entrance area, whose handrail refers to the one in the Vienna Stadion Bad (built 1931) and a black shiny board with two useless retainers appear rather precarious. All insignias of functionality are more than uncertain. The black floor sculpture positioned in front presents itself shadowy and flat – reminding of a guillotine or a clergyman. The white pedestal in the adjoining room presents itself in an eerie and abstracted manner, its octagonal shape refers to the former Pan Am building in New York. The green grid pattern lets a wooden board appear as if it was locked up in a cage, seeming to wait for its ordeal like St. Lawrence. A symbol of global spiritual sovereignty? The traumatic sculptural pictures turned into an indicator of an internalized imagery that carries the discourse with modernistic conceptions further and onto a more complex level – this time under the premise of socially prefabricated identity constructions. True art deals with life and death, one reverently says. By Goschka Gawlik Galerie Martin Janda Raum aktueller Kunst 1010 Vienna, Eschenbachgasse 11 Tel: +43 1 585 73 71 Fax: +43 1 585 73 72 Email: office@raumaktuellerkunst.at http://www.martinjanda.at Opening hours: Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Galerie Martin Janda
1010 Wien, Eschenbachgasse 11
Tel: +43 1 585 73 71, Fax: +43 1 585 73 72
Email: galerie@martinjanda.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr: 11-18h
Sa: 11-16h

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