Florian Pumhösl

Galerie Krobath Wimmer

What does Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, 1916, have to do with the navigation of warships? Florian Pumhösl has explored this unexpected question in a new group of works. Pumhösl, an artist of great precision, is interested in the relationship between bodies and space, and he studies this relationship by way of superflat surfaces that he ultimately brings into relation with a superexact spatial balance: With just four works, Pumhösl succeeds in lending the small exhibition space of this Vienna gallery an air of breadth and elegance.

Pumhösl’s footnotes to modernism seem austere, almost monastic. His examination of the rules and vocabulary of the modernist image-language takes place on a substrate more often associated with rural amateurs than with the crowning achievement of avant-garde art: Pumhösl paints on glass, or better, paints behind it. And yet the verre églomisé technique

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