Heimo Zobernig: The Painting After the Last Painting
The Art Genome Project
The Renaissance Society presented "Heimo Zobernig" from May 8 through June 30, 1996. About the exhibition, Associate Curator and Director of Education Hamza Walker wrote:
"While Zobernig's quirky yet sober interventions are sparse on the surface, their implications for how we may proceed to understand the context of culture and the location and production of meaning are quite profound. Although Zobernig considers the museum a stage for the production of meaning, he would certainly argue against privileging it as the only such site. If the museum were elevated to this status, then the whole Chicago, with its architectural marvels ranging from the horizontal lines of the Prairie School to a skyline dominated by three of the worlds tallest buildings, qualifies as one large cultural apparatus. This is what Zobernig would like to suggest."
Since the 1980s, Heimo Zobernig has explored modernist ideas like Minimalism, the grid, and color theory. He is best known for his grid and diamond paintings, which reference Piet Mondrian and Blinky Palermo, as well as monochromes that recall the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers. Recent works combine monochromes with language to suggest how the written word affects our vision, as in a dusty orange canvas in which "NEW COAT OF PAINT" can be discerned. The artist's sculptures, videos, and installations similarly show a playful use of space and color.
Austrian, b. 1958, Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria, based in Vienna, Austria