Paolo Grassino "Dio non è qui" + Francesco Sena "Pochi di me" + RoomnumberOne Hubert Kostner "Passo Sella"
From february 1st on Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna dedicates it's showroom to Italy: The work of the northitalian artist Paolo Grassino is full of tension regarding its materialistic level as well as its content. The large scale presentation of vital objects like animals, humans or even the human heart with solid industrial materials like PVC sponge, acrylic or aluminium supports the ambivalent but contradictional positions of the natural and the artificial, vitality and sudden stiffness. In Francescos Senas paintings the stories are hidden behind the thick waxed surface. The scenes he presents appear uneventful and simple at first sight city sceneries or a man lying on the ground it seems as if they were lost in fog and force the spectator to keep a certain distance in order to have clear perception.
The curiousity to catch the whole scene and to break through the wax surface increases with every step you have to go further, and ones fantasy starts creating whole stories along those almost cinematographic scenes. RoomnumberOne is dedicated to the young Hubert Kostner from South Tyrol who deals with tourist citch and alpine stories and, parodying idyllic postcardlike mountain sceneries and tourist clichés. Whole 'Tyrol' is packed comfortably in a little wooden backpack, ready to take off to explore lonely peaks in total harmony with nature, and well, in case of failure one simply takes the cablecar.
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art
Weihburggasse 26 - Vienna