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Norbert Pfaffenbichler

Portrait of the Artist as a Squid, 2009

Model of a Playground Attraction, 2010

Mosaik Mécanique, 2007

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

Summer Cinema under the Stars:

June 26 - July 7 2010

daily 9.00 - 11.30 p.m.

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1967 in Steyr, lives in Vienna
www.norbertpfaffenbichler.com
 


Norbert Pfaffenbichler, »Portrait of the Artist as a Squid«, 2009

Triptychon, Fotomontagen, Digitaldruck / Triptych, photo montages, digital print 59,4 x 84,1 cm

 

Norbert Pfaffenbichler, »Modell of a Playground Attraction«, 2010

Rauminstallation, Assemblagen / Spatial installation, assemblages

 

Foto / Photo 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 : Rainer Iglar

Foto / Photo 2 & 3: Otto Saxinger

 
The series Portrait of the Artist as a Squid consists of three digitally distorted portrait photographs of Norbert Pfaffenbichler, which are reminiscent of Squidward Tentacles, one of the characters in the popular cartoon television series »SpongeBob«.

The key issue here is the sense of identity. The »real« world meets the world of animation and the photographic and graphic styles of representation are combined. The status of artist is also subjected to an ironic treatment: in the TV series the always frustrated and grumpy squid dreams of a career as an artist, while in real life he works at the check-out counter of a fast-food restaurant. The upper half of an over-dimensioned head rises from out of the floor of the exhibition space like the tip of an iceberg.

The shape of the object Model of a Playground Attraction is reminiscent of the literary character Pinocchio. The puppet’s head doubles as a playground climbing frame. According to the title, the work is a model, i.e. a miniature version of a much bigger sculpture. Grotesque childsize figures, whose bodies are represented by traditional music stands, gambol around next to and inside the gigantic head. What causes additional irritation is the fact that this so-called playground attraction is presented in a basement-like indoor setting.

In Mosaik Mécanique all the scenes from the slapstick comedy »A Film Johnnie« (Charlie Chaplin, US 1914) have been arranged in a »panoramatic« grid. Pfaffenbichler subjects the silent comedy film to an analytical, radicalising rereading.

(Sandro Droschl)

 

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