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Karl Karner / Linda Samaraweerová

VERDIGRIS GRÜNSPAN GREENSPAN, 2010

I THINK WE HAVE A GOOD TIME – chanson de geste, 2009

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

performance:

June 5 2010, 8.00 - 9.00 p.m.

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

Karl Karner born in 1973 in Feldbach, lives in Vienna.
Linda Samaraweerová born 1977 in Prague / Czech Republic, lives in Vienna.
www.karner-samara.artfolder.net
 


Karl Karner, »VERDIGRIS GRÜNSPAN GREENSPAN« (Detail), 2010

Bronze, Aluminium, Kunststoff, Silikon / Bronze, aluminium, plastic, silicone · 50 x 70 x 185 cm (Gesamtmaß / Overall measurements: 600 x 310 x 270 cm)

Courtesy Dana Charkasi Galerie, Wien

Foto / Photo: Karl Karner

 

Karl Karner / Linda Samaraweerová, »I THINK WE HAVE A GOOD TIME – chanson de geste«

Performance TQW / Halle G, February 2010

Fotos / Photos: Laura Samaraweerová

 
Karl Karner is a multimedia artist with a special interest in sculpture and performance (together with Linda Samaraweerová). At TRIENNALE LINZ Karner is showing, first, the large-size sculpture VERDIGRIS GRÜNSPAN GREENSPAN.

The title, consisting as it does of the English word verdigris, which describes the patina that forms on exposed copper surfaces, the German word Grünspan, which in non-scientific contexts refers to the same phenomenon, and Greenspan (Alan, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Board), is a kind of pun that highlights on the one hand the process of aging and on the other the constant changes that the Western system of values is subject to. Karner was inspired for the sculpture by Taiwanese burial sites, which are known for their opulence, size and extravagantly formal language.

Second, the sculpture is also part of the performance I THINK WE HAVE A GOOD TIME – chanson de geste, which will be shown at TRIENNALE LINZ at the Lentos Auditorium. The 60-minute performance, which Karner developed in collaboration with the choreographer Linda Samaraweerová, is an expression of the symbiotic relationship between the visual and the performing arts, the kind of amalgamation of different art forms that is one of the hallmarks of today’s art scene. In form and content the performance is related to medieval French heroic epic, only here the focus is on the »heroic exploits« of modern man, his illusory »self-determination« and his embeddedness in a whole range of different societal mechanisms.

(Nina Kirsch)

 

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