Óscar Muñoz, Hsin-Chien Huang, Ya-Lun Tao
Press Release Date:
12. November 2009
- Hsin-Chien Huang - Shall we dance, Shanghai?
- Ya-Lun Tao - Unconsciousness
- Óscar Muñoz - Durch den Kristall
press information from: 12.11.2009
date: 13.11.2009 - 17.01.2010
opening: 12.11.2010 - 19:00
The OK Offenes Kulturhaus presents a winter exhibition of three international artists, who play sublimely with illusion and reality and the imaginary. Three artists who actively involve the visitors and their desire to see and to move. All three for the first time in Austria.
With Óscar Muñoz the OK shows one of the most important artists of Latin America, whose significance is only gradually being recognized in Central Europe. The exhibition with 13 works is devoted to his extensive oeuvre from the 1970s up to the present.
His work is characterized by a way of dealing with the medium of photography and of the moving image that takes pleasure in experimentation. The themes of memory & transience permeate the works that Óscar Muñoz has developed since the 1980s. The fleeting essence of the image and the difficulty of capturing and unequivocally fixing the portrait of a person are presented with unconventional image carriers and in surprising arrangements. At the same time, the appearance of the individual work ensembles is equally stringent and poetic.
Again and again, we sense the tension between the reality immanent to the image, its documentary function and the media illusion, which the artist subtly materializes in his work. His image carriers may be as unstable as water, and even the motifs are sometimes so transient that our breath first makes them appear (Aliento). Like his simple “portrait” (Re/trato and Proyecto para un memorial*) repeatedly painted on a hot stone, many of his works are ephemeral and vanish and appear “as though by magic”.
The virtual light image of a projection or a fleeting depiction made of coal in a basin of water (Biografías) are fascinatingly used metaphors for the difficulty of capturing memories.
In addition to work about the individual, he is also concerned with collective memories and the cultural memory of his home town of Cali in Columbia (Ambulatorio and Archivo Porcontacto). The many layers of memory and playing with the reflecting surface culminate in the new production A través del cristal (“Through the Crystal”). Glassed portraits recorded with video reflect not only the motif, but also the surrounding space. Here the glass forms a material boundary of transparency and reflection, separating the time of recording and the past.
Óscar Muñoz was born in 1951 in Popayán (Columbia). He studied art at the Art School of Cali.
At the same time, the OK also presents Hsin-Chien Huang and Ya-Lun Tao, two important Taiwanese media artists, who produce illusionary spaces and image surfaces with the help of analog or digital settings.
With his artistic team “Storynest”, Hsin-Chien Huang is one of the most important media artists in Taiwan. He uses digital means to present traditional image forms, narratives and music in unconventional hybrid presentations and interactive installations.
“Shall we dance, Shanghai?” is an invitation to dance in the exhibition space. Segments of tall buildings are playfully composed and decomposed in reaction to the movements of the visitors.
On the projection surface, skyscrapers from the People’s Square in Shanghai appear, which react to us: the appearance of the buildings changes with the movements of our bodies. The area itself stands for the rapid historical transformation in many Asian cities.
In contrast, the work by Ya-Lun Tao is quite different. He uses only analog technology, his “tool” is not the computer, but instead he works with stencils, flood lights, motors and fog to create his “illusionary spaces”.
The central element of the installation *Unconsciousness – Drifting Speed: 300,000 Kilometers Per Second* is a beam of light in a completely darkened room. With a moving horizon line of light he probes the misty, completely black room, creating an impressive physical experience with simple means. The intensive light illuminates particles floating in the air, making an endless wall of light moving slowing up and down with mirror reflections. A horizontal light surface results, which is reminiscent of a water surface or a cloud, giving the audience an impression of floating up on a cloud or sinking into an ocean.
Born 1966 in Taipeh; lives and works in Taipeh.
Exhibition: 13 November 2009 – 17 January 2010
Opening hours: Mon. – Thurs. 4 pm – 10 pm, Fri./Sat./Sun. 11 am – 10 pm
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