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Leo Schatzl

noise-strip, 2006/10

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

Tram in Linz

born in 1958 in Obernberg am Inn, lives in Vienna
 


Leo Schatzl, »noise-strip«, 2010

Straßenbahn / Tram in Linz (Montage)

 

Leo Schatzl, »noise-strip«, 2006

Avenida Pedro Machado, São Paulo (Montage)

 
For several years now Leo Schatzl has been exploring what he calls onomatopoeias, a graphic approach to the sound language of cartoons and in particular to the sound repertoire of our mobile societies.

Schatzl’s first inspiration for this was his reaction to the graffiti-covered urban landscape of São Paulo, where he spent several months doing research on urban fringe areas and on various subcultures. Schatzl does not, however, consider himself a graffiti artist: »The graphic components of cartoons are actually closely related to graffiti. But what I’m doing is something different. I’m using them in a different context, as visual attacks against the suggestive, soporific language of the mass media.« His first major work, a 32 by 3 m panorama with street noises, was on display at the Madrid Centre of Art and Culture La Casa Encendida at Arco 2006. For TRIENNALE LINZ Leo Schatzl has chosen a tram carriage on which to exhibit his work. This kind of venue, if one can call it that, which is usually dominated in an unchallenged way by paid ads and commercial mass media, is for him the ideal ambience in which to present this work.

(Leo Schatzl, Julia Stoff)

 

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