220914 : Galerie Jünger Karl-Heinz Ströhle: Made in Japan

Galerie Jünger Karl-Heinz Ströhle: Made in Japan 03.09.2014 – 19.10.2014 Cheerful parasites By Margareta Sandhofer His six-month stay in Tokyo this year has left visible marks on Karl-Heinz Ströhle’s oeuvre. The experience of the permanently recurring tremors and swaying houses has inscribed itself into the new images. “Made in Japan” is the characteristic title of a 35-part series of paintings that oscillate between abstraction and figuration. The technology involves placing various everyday utilities underneath the painting - however, this time with the objects coming from a Japanese DIY market. The brittle imprints of doormats, electric cables, etc. construct a peculiar sensual situation, equalling a lustful exchange between elementary structures: an Eldorado dialog between the swinging line and the vibrating massive plane or the body, which could also resemble a building. It appears shaken, but stands firm. There is a humorous light-hearted moment in this narrative situation that Ströhle develops on several sensuous levels in the video installations in the gallery’s basement. Beneath the elegant space of Andrea Jünger’s new location, which was opened this spring, extends the tiled vault of a former bakery. Ströhle shows a movie on various impressive buildings, among them the Flakturm in Vienna’s second district, the television tower on Alexanderplatz in Berlin or the Shanghai Museum - in any case modern high-risers. His characteristic sculptures are mounted on these buildings. They are steel band constructions whose transparent volume, due to the material’s tension and resistance, may tremble, wobble or perform dancelike-rhythms. They swerve around the buildings in bizarre shapes. They utilize the rigour of their carriers for their light-footed irony, mounted like a cheerful parasite on the sublime structure of the building. In front of the projection, two such vase-shaped sculptures are positioned. They stand out significantly from the happenings on the screen with their linear presence, doubled through their own shadows. Ströhle works in numerous superpositions: the actual three-dimensional structure, its shadow, the digital cross-fading of such a sculpture in the movie, the movie itself and finally the marked resolution of the surrounding tiled walls. One could not have encountered the dominance of this historic tile structure with more ingenuity, the cunning sculptures take over control on all levels. Only the specimen mounted on the television tower on Alexanderplatz unexpectedly slithers off, while the others continue to wobble unashamed in mischievous tirelessness. Galerie Jünger 1040 Vienna, Paniglgasse 17A Tel: +43 664 111 47 71 email: office@galerie-juenger.at http://www.galerie-juenger.at/ Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11-18 hours, Sat 11-15 hours

Galerie Jünger (alte Location)
1040 Wien, Paniglgasse 17A
Tel: +43 664 111 47 71
Email: office@galerie-juenger.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-Fr 11-18, Sa 11-15 h

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