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19 Jun 2011

Fotogalerie Wien presents Hans Kupelwieser

Hans Kupelwieser: Untitled 1988 Photogram on film 70 x 100 cm

Hans Kupelwieser - Works 1981 – 2011
Fotogalerie Wien


Opening and catalogue presentation:
Monday, 20 June at 7 p.m.
Artist talk with Hans Kupelwieser:
Thursday, 21 July at 7 p.m.
21.06.2011 to 23.07.2011


+43 1 40 85 462

Fotogalerie Wien
Währingerstrasse 59 (WUK)
1090 Vienna

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Hans Kupelwieser - Works 1981 – 2011

This WERKSCHAU, dedicated to Hans Kupelwieser (born 1948 in Lunz am See, Lower Austria, who lives and works in Vienna), demonstrates the interdependence of various media in his works through a presentation of a large selection of his earlier and more recent objects, photograms, photographs, and collages. Recognized as an advocate of the 'expanded' notion of sculpture, the artist is decidedly concerned with the investigation of space through his sculptural objects, but he is also interested in experimenting with material and content using various materials, such as aluminum, rubber, and steel, often using means of illusion in regards to form and function.

Interested in the tension between surface and space, between two- and three-dimensionality, the artist discovered the photogram as a kind of 'mediator', allowing him to transform three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional images. The photogram, the direct imprint of reality, 'shows a maximum proximity to the original with which it was in fact in direct contact, while at the same time proving to be at a maximum distance away from the original, no longer conveying its usual visual appearance' (Ruth Horak). Since the early 1980s, Kupelwieser has produced hundreds of photograms in various formats; a 3 x 10-meter work was created especially for the FOTOGALERIE WIEN. The production process also plays a significant role in the artist's work often becoming the most integral element of the image produced. For his photograms, the artist uses everyday objects, such as potatoes, spaghetti, paper, chips, but also furniture including bed slats, tables and chairs. He then finds his way back from two-dimensional planes to the sculptural form: For example, the shadow of an aluminum chair is then cut from aluminum. As Ruth Horak describes, 'The interweaving of object and image, the broad spectrum of images, as well as the variability of the photograms make tangible the inseparable alter ego of the sculptor Hans Kupelwieser.'