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Thomas Baumann

Shots of Reflection, 2010

Light Carpet, 2005/2008

Play the Door of Psycho, 1998/2005

exhibition period:

June 03 - September 26 2010

Art in the Car Park:

July 19 - July 29 2010

daily 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1967 in Altenmarkt, lives in Vienna
www.thomasbaumann.net
 


Thomas Baumann, »Shots of Reflection«, 2010

Tarnnetz, Tarnfarben, Signalfarben / Camouflage netting, camouflage and signal colours, 382 m2

Courtesy Galerie Eugen Lendl/Graz, Galerie Nicolas Krupp/Basel, Krobath/Wien

Foto / Photo: Otto Saxinger

© VBK, Wien 2010

 

Thomas Baumann, »Light Carpet«, 2005/2008

RGB-Leuchtstoffröhren, computergesteuert / RGB neon tubes, computer controlled · 35 x 35 x 150 cm

Courtesy Galerie Eugen Lendl/Graz, Galerie Nicolas Krupp/Basel, Krobath/Wien

Foto / Photo: Viktor Kolibal

© VBK, Wien 2010

 
In his installation Thomas Baumann takes up seemingly self-evident elements and uses and transforms them through complex technology, mechanics or simple manipulation – and so transposes them into other contexts of meaning.

A camouflage net is spanned above the glass cube on the roof of the OK Centre. The net, which in principle is meant to hide something, has here the opposite effect. Coloured drops of paint cover the surface of Shots of Reflection and – in contrast with the original intention of the camouflage net – reveal the building. Drips of paint (partly applied by machine) are also central elements in other works by Thomas Baumann.

On the parking deck of the OK Centre, Baumann shows a temporary intervention consisting of two works: the static installation of light tubes entitled Light Carpet creates colour fields in constant circulation. This makes space and the viewer himself the picture carrier and part of an atmospheric interplay.

Play the Door of Psycho consists of a door floating on a steel wire in the multi-storey car park illuminated by Light Carpet. The tension implied in the image of the door as a gate or portal into an unknown behind is created through diagonal strings decorating the face of the door. The door thus becomes the instrument of a tense, metaphorically loaded situation which the visitor can cause to resound by touching the strings.

(Thomas Baumann, Sandro Droschl)

 

 

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