Herbert Brandl Goes on the Painterly Offensive at Reinisch Contemporary

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Austrian artist Herbert Brandl is furious. In happysulmtaltotalzerstörung 2012, which translates as ‘happytotalsulmvalleydestruction 2012’, he shows not just his powerful new works, he questions corporate and political interests, both on and off canvas.

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Curator Holler-Schuster: "As much as his paintings might evolve around landscapes and mountains, they also oscillate between abstraction and representation, which makes up their enigma. The realistically formulated mushroom is suddenly made strange, appears monstrous and threatening – unreal.

One may be doubtful as to whether the Sulm Valley can be saved from destruction. The artist’s anger and society’s apathy in the face of the ruthless treatment of nature and its resources are widespread and constantly fuelled by new causes.

Herbert Brandl, the painter, creates images in which fleeting moments of (re)-cognition take turns with immersions into vibrantly coloured dream worlds. His works are poised in a state of uncertainty between abstraction and representation.

“I develop colour out of colour, not out of form. In essence, my painting features blotches or clouds of colour, out of which evolves a dominant colour, which floods everything,” the artist remarked recently.

Herbert Brandl, the citizen, uses happysulmtaltotalzerstörung 2012 to raise awareness of the imminent threat to one of Europe’s most unique river landscapes, namely Austria’s picturesque Sulm Valley.

Curator Günther Holler-Schuster: “One may be doubtful as to whether the Sulm Valley can be saved from destruction. The artist’s anger and society’s apathy in the face of the ruthless treatment of nature and its resources are widespread and constantly fueled by new causes. Painting, as one of the most traditional forms of media within art, has few opportunities to actively intervene in social processes.”

This contemporary art exhibition presents a selection of oil paintings and monotypes. In this simple printing technique painted acrylic glass plates are pressed onto an image carrier, creating a series of unique images, comparable to the individual images on a film roll.

Gallery-owner Helmut Reinisch: “I have known and appreciated Herbert Brandl since the early 80s and two aspects of his works are especially fascinating to me. On the one hand, he brings classic elements to contemporary art without being classic. What I mean by that is his treatment of colour and light, which he uses as tools more canvas and brush. On the other hand, that he reinvents himself every few years, surprising us with unconventional creations.”

EVENT DETAILS

Title: HAPPYSULMTALTOTALZERSTÖRUNG 2012
Artist: Herbert Brandl

Gallery: Reinisch Contemporary
Hauptplatz 6, 8010 Graz, Austria
http://www.reinisch-contemporary.com

Date: From May 2 to 19, 2012
Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm

ABOUT REINISCH CONTEMPORARY

More than 25 years ago, Helmut Reinisch began to collect, exhibit and trade contemporary Austrian and international art. Alongside works by promising new talents the collection also includes pieces by artists such as Arnulf Rainer, Hubert Schmalix, Erwin Wurm and Joseph Beuys.

Operating across genre boundaries, Reinisch Contemporary explores ostensibly disparate fields of work and the connections between them. From time to time, fields of resonance between selected pieces ranging from fine arts and sculpture to textiles and photography are brought to light.

Through exhibitions, residencies and cross-disciplinary projects at its locations in central Graz and nearby Kalsdorf Castle, Reinisch Contemporary creates links between artists, collectors, experts and the wider public.

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