Critics’ Picks

Andreas Fogarasi, Study Desk (Two Tiles from a Specific Place, Three Specific and Unspecific Samples), 2017, plywood, wall paint, steel consoles, ceramic tiles, tile cement, candle wax, tin, sealing wax, resin, 53 x 39 x 13".


Andreas Fogarasi

Georg Kargl Fine Arts
Schleifmühlgasse 5
January 12–March 4, 2017

Just how many exhibitions there are in this show, with the promising title “Exhibition/s,” is open to debate. On the other hand, that Andreas Fogarasi always addresses the functionality and logic of exhibiting in his own artistic practice, or makes them the main object of investigation, is clearly staked out. Focusing on works from the past five years, the show considers the intersection of architecture, design, and visual arts. Questions as to how cities and the events generated in and by them are transformed into images, which then inscribe themselves in the collective memory, run like a red thread through the artist’s haunting formal language.

In the second room is Study Desk (Two Tiles from a Specific Place, Three Specific and Unspecific Samples), 2017, a work that that sets the tone for the rest of the installation. On a piece of particle board cantilevered by steel brackets—a display common in hobby and hardware stores—are inlaid tiles, cement, wax, tin, and resin. As in marquetry, the different materials conjoin to form a total image that can be read as a mood board for an interior decorator or as an abstracted city plan from a bird’s-eye perspective, but rendered using a constructivist vocabulary. With more than thirty objects, videos, sculptures, architectural models, and photographs, the entire exhibition is, like this piece, organized as bricolage. Taken as a whole, the display admittedly adds up to an exceedingly dense image, but when considered in fragments, the multiplicity implied by the show’s title becomes apropos.

Translated from German by Diana Reese.