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Daniel Domig

Who can live with outstretched hands, 2010

exhibition period:

03. Juni - 26. September 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

born in 1983 in Vancouver / Canada, lives in Vienna
www.currentlynowhere.com
 


Daniel Domig, »Who can live with outstretched hands«, 2010

Arbeitsskizze · Gips, Holz, Malereien / Working sketch · Plaster, wood, painting · 270 x 80 x 600 cm

 
Daniel Domig’s paintings focus on the complexity of human existence. He deals with its barely fathomable depths, with our attempts at communication, our dreams, our ultimate failure. In the manner of a psychologist the artist analyses the psyche. His pictures function either hung on walls in the traditional manner or as »building material« for sculptures.

For TRIENNALE LINZ Domig has again opted for a three-dimensional approach. He has built a structure that to the casual observer appears to be a surface on which paintings will be hung. However, as with so many things, there are two sides to this. First you walk along a surface made of regularly aligned wooden slats; it is several metres long and tilted slightly backwards. Once you reach the end and look round the corner, »backstage«, as it were, you realise that the point Domig is making has nothing to do with a seemingly perfect surface for presentation purposes. The reverse side turns out to be what the whole construction is all about. A ceramic figure, delicate and elongated, clings to the struts of the wooden structure with outstretched arms as if trying to support it and to grow in proportion to the progress the work is making, which entails the loss of its own corporeality. Knowing what the reverse side has in store makes you see the front with different eyes. The facade starts to disintegrate and to reveal what is on its far side.

(Nina Kirsch)

 

 

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