Lois Renner

Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna

Lois Renner has become known for his large-format color photographs of interior spaces brimming with ordinary objects like fire extinguishers, ladders, workbenches, and tools. Only upon close observation can one see that these spaces are fictive constructs, photographed in a five-foot-high model made by the artist, who now lives in Vienna, of his former studio in Salzburg. Over the years, the artist’s displacements and duplications of spatial planes have become increasingly complex—in addition to these views of the model studio, Renner has also been using paint to create his fictions. He photographs and digitally manipulates the paintings, inserting them into the world of the studio, where they are finally represented as photographs. The use of digital manipulation means that the figures in Renner’s spaces—usually effigies of himself, though he also uses female models on occasion—can

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