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Philipp Fürhofer, Tequila Sunrise, 2017, acrylic and oil on acrylic box, two-way mirror, electric wire, lightbulbs, LED, wood, 36 5/8 x 36 5/8 x 9 7/8".

Philipp Fürhofer

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Philipp Fürhofer, Tequila Sunrise, 2017, acrylic and oil on acrylic box, two-way mirror, electric wire, lightbulbs, LED, wood, 36 5/8 x 36 5/8 x 9 7/8".

The title of Philipp Fürhofer’s recent exhibition, “Walpurgisnacht,” was borrowed from a scene in Goethe’s Faust, so we can assume that the show’s recurrent concern with light was to be understood not only literally, but also in a symbolic way. The thirteen pieces on view could be called assemblages, light boxes, or paintings; in most cases, they were all three at once. Many of the works harked back to the tradition of Romantic landscape painting.

Using a transparent acrylic glass box as a base for most of the works, Fürhofer brought in incandescent lightbulbs and LED tubes, usually lots of them, to illuminate the scenes or to make them part of the figuration. In Tequila Sunrise (all works 2017), painted bubbles appear on top of a nearly ten-inch-deep acrylic box, which contains a pile of dead lightbulbs. Higher up, a single electric light source switches on and off at regular

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