G.R.A.M. shows new large-scale photographs and poster walls showing reconstructed self-promotions made by personalities from politics and business. The artists try to draw our attention to the function of images and towards the politics of images beyond the visible world. In the exhibition Undo: new path a wall installation and the display cases turn the Third Room into a cabinet of graphic art.
Global Player / Undo: New Path
G.R.A.M. was founded in Graz in 1987 by Gunther Holler-Schuster, Ronald Walter, Armin Ranner and Martin Behr.
Solo exhibitions incl.: Elisabeth Kaufmann, Zurich; museum in progress, temporary facade design for Wein & Co in Getreidemarkt, Vienna; Christine Konig Galerie, Vienna; TZR Galerie fur Bildende Kunst, Bochum; Galerie und Edition Artelier, Graz; Patricia Faure Gallery, Los Angeles; Villa Arson, Nice; Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz.
Group exhibitions incl.: MNAC, Bucharest; Medialab Center, Madrid; Neue Galerie, Graz; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Galerie Zacheta, Warsaw; Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana.
In the exhibition 'Global Player', G.R.A.M. shows new large-scale photographs and poster walls showing reconstructed self-promotions made by personalities from politics and business. The artists try to draw our attention to the function of images and towards the politics of images beyond the visible world. The satirised repetition of the images that are burned into our perception via the mass media is an allusion to the current mechanisms of producing reality.
The 'Comrade General' stands together with his generals in a wheat field or a quarry: when G.R.A.M. reconstructs the bizarre self-presentation of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong II in gesture, gaze and pose, it soon becomes clear that this tendency to admire anything big is not only to be found in the land of the 'Beloved Leader'. From the embalmed corpse of Lenin to the boardroom of an automobile manufacturer, from the cult of swimming with Mao Tse Tung to the heroised portrait of Josip Broz Tito, these duplicated 'global players' evoke archived impressions from the collective visual memory.
In the THIRD ROOM of the gallery
BARBARA EICHHORN | ALMUT RINK
Undo: New Path
BARBARA EICHHORN was born in Freising in 1965 and lives and works in Vienna. 1988-95 studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. Exhibitions incl.: Residenzgalerie, Salzburg; Centre d`Art Contemporain, Perpignan (F); Palazzo Paolo V, Benevento (I); Forum Stadtpark, Graz; IVAM, Valencia; Christine Konig Galerie, Vienna; Steirischer Herbst, Joanneum, Graz; MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA.
ALMUT RINK was born in Erfurt in 1971 and lives and works in Vienna. 1990-96 studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. Exhibitions incl.: Forum Stadtpark, Graz; Kunstverein Graz; Christine Konig Galerie, Vienna; photo wall, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Galerie 5020, Salzburg; video festival, Kunstverein Munich; video screening, Raum Aktueller Kunst Martin Janda, Vienna; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; art in the public space, Etsdorf; Yokohama Museum of Art.
For this collaborative work, the artists have chosen the form of a wall installation to create a rural environment, thereby drawing attention to the way in which our image of nature is constructed by the media and society. The title of the exhibition 'Undo: New Path' is rendered pictorially: a panorama analogous to a screen is intersected by a path taken from a computer's image processing programme, so that all that remains is the sky and the trace of a landscape: an after-image of emptiness.
This wall installation and the display cases turn the THIRD ROOM into a cabinet of graphic art.
Opening: Thursday 6 July 2006, 7 - 10 p.m.
Christine Koenig Galerie
Schleifmuehlgasse - Wien
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fr 11:00-19:00; Sat 11:00-15:00