Critics’ Picks

Edgar Honetschläger, Shinto Priest Procession, 2010, watercolor on canvas, 53 x 114”.


Edgar Honetschläger

Charim Galerie
Dorotheergasse 12/1 1st
November 16 - January 21

Perhaps best known as a filmmaker, Edgar Honetschläger makes work that often features sparse and symbolically charged actions. The Austrian artist’s latest film, AUN – The Beginning and the End of All Things, 2011, forgoes a linear narrative and instead seduces the viewer into a search for a livable future via a wondrous and poetic sci-fi world. His current exhibition, “framboise frivol,” features new drawings and large-scale paintings. These are humorous, philosophical works in which small and repetitive figures are arranged on wide, white, and empty spaces.

Here, the artist, who lived for many years in Japan, creates images not through the illusion of perspectival space but through its omission. The motifs––umbrellas, kites, and vegetables––appear flat against the page. Shinto Priest Procession, 2010, for instance, presents a long row of similar bodies marching in line. An entire world of stories seems to unfold through the indefinite empty spaces, which in many ways recall his films. Honetschläger opens up space by presenting us with a frame. He offers us only the opening moments and perhaps a storyline, and then we must create the more detailed stories.

Translated from German by Diana Reese.