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Misha Stroj

Offenberger’s Works, 1959 / 2003 / 2010

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

born in 1974 in Ljubljana / Slovenia, lives in Vienna
 
 


Misha Stroj, »Sturz knapp vor dem Ziel! Der Eisschnellläufer Offenberger (rechts) bei der Europameisterschaft 1959 in Göteborg« [A fall immediately before the finishing line! The speed skater Offenberger (right) at Göteborg], 1959 / 2003 / 2010

Zeitungsausschnitt / Newspaper clipping · 19 x 7,5 cm

Courtesy Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Wien

 
At TRIENNALE LINZ Misha Stroj is showing a reprise of one of his older works to call his own previous artistic intentions into question. Stroj proceeds from an ensemble centred on the Austrian speed skater Franz Offenberger, which he presented for the first time in 2003.

The ensemble then consisted of an enlarged print of a newspaper clipping documenting Offenberger’s fall as he was on the point of winning gold at the European speed skating championships in 1959, and of two objects that refer obliquely to the clipping. Stroj names Franz Offenberger himself as the »creator« of these objects. The first object can be read as a rendering of the situation of the fall: it is a vaguely defined heap of misery that makes the athlete’s intense disappointment manifest. The second object is a sculpture suspended from the ceiling, a ball sprouting 32 legs with skates. This may well be a reference to our capacity to overcome disappointment. The newspaper clipping is also Stroj’s point of departure for the pointedly reworked version he is showing at TRIENNALE LINZ . Stroj is less concerned with a spatial rearrangement of the individual components than with a reflection on a work of art that includes questions regarding its appropriation and recycling. The way the original work is reprised for reflection is symptomatic of Stroj’s entire approach to his work as an artist. As befits a philosophy graduate, Stroj starts from a factual base, which he reworks and expands – and, if need be, he does not mind if he has to start all over again.

(Nina Kirsch)

 

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