Vienna

Lois Renner

Kerstin Engholm Galerie

Lois Renner is Austria’s wiliest painter-sculptor. More precisely, he could be called a modelmaker. But what may strike some as paradoxical is that the result of his analyses of color, form, space, and composition is always a photograph. His large-format color images show chaotic rooms overburdened with materials: accumulations of wood planks and model-making supplies, of paint cans and easels, of machines, ladders, and workbenches. The artist’s studio, in its classic or idealized form, is reimagined as an opulently decked stage that tells a tale of manual labor. The camera mixes it all into chaotic, flurried wastelands that tip the scales of reality and documentation and spill into fiction and fabrication.

For many years now, even back in what one might term the pre-Demand epoch, Renner has based his work on the idea of the model. He calls his three-dimensional miniature volumes, constructed

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