MARIO MAURONER CONTEMPORARY ART SALZBURG
MARKUS HOFER – The Endless Room III
Opening: Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 11am - 2pm
Duration of the exhibition: until July 25th, 2015
The Endless Room is a long unrealized project by Markus Hofer that is very close to his heart and has been a „work in progress“ for a long time. Hofer creates an exhibition situation in which objects are arranged in such a way that they are constantly in relation to one another and tell a – namely their – continuous narrative. This occurs, on the one hand, through an actual physical encounter. But on the other hand, through their thematic and contentual
connection, whereby a lively parlando emerges among the objects.
Everything in this space is a part of the endless room: the objects, the pictures, but also the wall and the floor are a biographical notation of the real artist's life. Everything is connected, the things blend into each other, they overlap, but they also compete among themselves.
The sculptures, paintings, collages and objects consist of individual life phases; indeed each of them can also stand on their own, but in this installation they are part of a complex whole.
The creation process extends over many years; things are continually modified and further developed. The Endless Room contains both older and new works. In this respect, there are no judgements, the categories are removed. It is not about the implicitly new, rather it is about the constant process of translating an artist's life into artistic works.
The objects are thus place holders and witnesses of certain periods and stages. They are a reminiscence of something as well as reflections on personal and private themes for the artist. We see the unmistakable interest in everyday things, in the transformation of these items into unusable objects, which expose their former function, but no longer allow it.
The question of the genres, or more precisely, the division of the genres sculpture, painting and architecture, is explored, just as the reflection on confusion and perception. How does our perception control our reality; are the things just as we expect them to be or is everything just trained and accepted without question?
Hofer's puns draw attention to how often we use our language without thinking: they are simple and short inversions of words and it becomes clear that we could perceive the world in many different ways, but most often use the prefabricated way and do not search for new solutions.
The Endless Room is thought of as an ever growing entity; it should always be shown in different places, its program should become more complex. Just as life continues and new things are always added, The Endless Room is also constantly being further developed.
All of the elements used are mostly banal things from daily life; they come from reality and are transformed and converted, suddenly part of a cohesive process. There are construction sites as well as continuous lines, there are places that are concentrated, there are unifying architectural elements, but there are also gaps and empty spaces, places on which nothing can be developed yet. It is – like life – not yet completed.
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