We are very pleased to welcome Constantin Luser as a new artist in our gallery. In his exhibition, entitled "Schall und Rauch" (sound and smoke), the artist presents new artworks on the first and on the second floor of the gallery from November 12th to December 7th 2016.
The work by Constantin Luser is based on the medium of drawing. The artist draws in diaries continuously and thereby he forms his thoughts, ideas, and impressions intuitively. Additionally, he likes to experiment with music. Fluent line braids arise and evoke associations to sound, music, ar- chitecture and organic growth. These drawings function as structural starting points for his fragile-engulfed sculptures that are made of brass. But the drawings do not act as concrete templates for the complex constructions, however, his spontaneous emotions do act as a guidance - just like in his drawings. Thus, the artist transforms his own personal world of thoughts from drawn structures into three-dimensionalities, by which a closed, empiric system emerges.
On the first floor of the gallery there are sculptures made of polished brass. A free-floating one made of complex line-structures and two trumpet-like sculptures pick up the motif of music. The sound funnel merges in a deformed blowpipe, which also connects with a mouthpiece on the other side. Despite the distortion it would still be theoretically possible to use them as musical instruments. Luser is especially interested in the excursion of the form as such and in the change from one form into another. Hereby, both the musical instrument and the artistic sculpture are built under the same conditions, although the musical instrument is designed for a second aesthetic potential, which is only displayed by its use: music.
The change of the flow direction is mentioned in the title of the sculpture "Vaporosaurus". The object is referring to the "Vibrosaurus", a 10-meter long dinosaur made up of brass blow instruments that have been exhibited by Luser in Kunsthaus Graz. In contrast to the blow instruments unfolding their potential through blowing air, the "Vasporosaurus" works the exact opposite way: smoke is produced in the tail of the dinosaur, which then accumulates in the head of glass and can be inhaled through the four outstanding pipes.
On the second floor of the gallery you can see fine-tuned, floating wire meshes made of black painted brass. They hang like mobiles from the ceiling and evoke associations to sound and music - appearing to follow a secret composition within the room. The constructions seem to be fantastic-surreal. The viewer can recognize different concrete figures, abstract and rhythmic lines and forms. They react sensitively to movements and breezes: they create shadows, turn around and overlay each other. In this way the viewer's reception is challenged constantly.
Spatial irritations and blurs occur while trying to focus on particular objects. Especially the parallel arranged lines result in extraordinary, unique effects. They challenge the viewer's eye and remind of renderings and digital cut patterns. Thus, it seems like spatial drawings, that are results from several bundled pens. And even the only artwork by Luser that is not a sculpture - a felt pen drawing on alu-dibond - plays with the viewer's perception: by partial blurring and overlapping of singular spaces confusions and lacks of clarity are produced. Spatial and thematic boarders are dissolved and result in a perception that oscillates between reality and imagination.
Constantin Luser was born in Graz, Austria, in 1976. His artworks have been exhibited in several international solo and group exhibitions, e.g. Kunsthaus Graz, Belvedere Wien, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, NGBK Berlin, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Salburger Kunstverein, MSU Museum, Zagreb and in Albertina Wien.
Besides the exhibition "Constantin Luser - Schall und Rauch" there are new artworks by Erez Israeli in the Viewing Room on the second floor of the gallery.