to come unstuck - decollage Nr.01 / Günter Konrad 2010
Ripped and lacerated posters
social reflection images
photo credit Jacob Pritchard
Covert and discovered objects - 06
table lamp/ripped and lacerated posters (inspired by Franz West, Raymond Hains, Jacques de la Villeglé, the Arte povera and the Nouveau Réalisme)
Günter Konrad 2010
photo credit Jacob Pritchard
"Décollages are part of everyday esthetics. In their wildness, rejection can be deciphered– a manifestation of spontaneous and direct expression and direct action. Artists like Raymond Hains and Jacques Villeglé recognized the quality of this unconventional form of art. I try to transform it in the contemporary digital age.
I feel drawn to the tension between opposites, the gray areas between black and white, the confusion and contemplation, stereotypes and prejudice. For me, we live in an age where anything and everything is possible. I think we stand before a systemic change. We’ve come to a point where we need to go one step back in order to find new ways forward again. Some words: Life period of products, renewable energy, sustainability, autonomous local supply, less transit, think globally, act locally.
No not really. I always love to discover new things. It doesn’t matter whether it is contemporary or classic. I have my preferences and my taste. Images should stimulate the imagination. Images can inspire, liberate thoughts, stimulate discussion or just be beautiful. Everything is legitimate. I think and I remember in pictures. Like Ludwig Hevesi said: “To every age its art, to art its freedom”.
I guess I can’t answer this, as long as I live here. I lack the perspective of being form outside Salzburg. But I am very happy to be here. I appreciate what I have here. Small is beautiful! (E.F. Schumacher)
Actually, when I was a teenager I first started with music. Music inspires my life. Then I began to draw, to paint, to overpaint, to collage, to experiment with installation and assembly work. As a student I became more interested in photography and video. Since I also work as a graphic designer, I’m more interested in visual art and art history.
My first exhibition was in my home town of Leoben at a place called “Schwammerlturm” which means mushroom-tower. One of the pieces I showed was concerned with wealth. I packed gravel in 100 plastic bags and hung them on a square piece of wire, like strings, and called it “steinreich” which means filthy rich I guess.
I think it’s strong for such a small town. The network could be better and more interdisciplinary projects could be happening. You have to create your own exhibition spaces if you aren’t a known name. But anyways, public space is the best exhibition space. Eventually I would like to exhibit in the airport underpass and everyone would bring their own beer. That would be cool.