Thursday, September 1, 2011

Florian Pumhösl Edition for Texte zur Kunst

Since the mid-nineties Vienna-born (1971) and -based artist Florian Pumhösl is one of the internationally most renowned artists reflecting the legacy of modernism and modernity. For documenta 12 the artist produced an installation programmatically entitled Modernology (Triangular Atelier), that traced the mutual transfers between the German, Russian and Japanese avantgarde movements. Of particular importance in this context was a series of delicate verres églomisés. This sort of painting with synthetic resin lacquer behind glass is a by large forgotten medium of aesthetic modernity. The major part of these works, first shown in 2006, is based on a graphic formal repertoire of black lines, triangles, broken circles and varied hooks, all of which seem to hover against a white monochrome background in compositions reminiscient of constructivism.

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