About Markus Schinwald
Focusing on themes of metamorphosis and dysfunction, Markus Schinwald creates mysterious and unsettling installations that appear minimalist yet consist of complex structures. Schinwald is interested in the manipulation of the human body and its surroundings, and his installations are rooted in austere, Biedermeier-era art, which was marked by restrictive politics and censorship. Labyrinthe, Schinwald’s work at the 2011 Venice Biennale, featured a confined space studded with 19th-century portraits—onto which Schinwald painted bandages, braces, straightjackets, and surgical masks—and table and chair legs conjoined to assume uncanny, anthropomorphic qualities. “I’m not trying to rob people of their personalities, but to give objects personalities, too,” Schinwald has said, referencing his lifelike assemblages created from wholly disparate parts.
Austrian, b. 1973, Salzburg, Austria, based in Vienna and Los Angeles