ascher clemens

bauer paul

bollenberger ulrike

brucic carmen

de keller sandra

freuis catharina

gavrich irina

girardoni johannes

guschelbauer markus

hardegg luise

hosch rainer

klomfar bruno

koller severin

larcher claudia

manfredi anja

monaco julie

nguyen monika

oberndorfer markus

okazaki elsa

oláh stefan

ribarits tina

rodiek romy

sailer gregor

six&petritsch

schell moritz

schmid anita

traxler helga

waldschütz andreas

zeisel magdalena

ziegler laurent

MARKUS GUSCHLBAUER


   

ABOUT THE WORK
Participation at the Exhibition ARCHITECTURE | LANDSCAPE (2012)

The work of Markus Guschelbauer hinges upon the landscape as an archaic subject. As he learned during his childhood on a farm, for his work he goes out into nature and build upon it. Sometimes it´s a lonely task – going into nature, looking, planning, building. Forest, water, stones, pieces of sod are hung, replanted, defamiliarized. The materials he uses for his rearrangements are distant from nature, usually materials like draperies, mirrors, ropes or tarpaulins from the hardware store. Unlike land art, he is not primarly interested in the process of nature`s effect on the artwork. His interventions are done for the photograph, for the cameara with its fixed standpoint, set from the very start, an thus have fulfilled their task. Yet the act of building is an important part of this artistic project. A performance in which the artist, jumping from stone to stone, climbing, erecting scaffolds, using trees as columns fixes the image by stretching, placing, hanging tarpaulins or other building materials, and in the process gets caught up in an intuitive flow.

In his installation he cuts and covers nature. In his most recent work plastic nature nature is almost entirely eliminated. The bare spruce trunks have the function of columns, they have been robbed optically of both roots and upper branches. The ground wafts in soft mounds of folds: the impression of a wonderland is created, just an inkling of the outside world shimmers greenishly through the spatial limits.

In Komposition in Rot, Blau, Gelb, Mint und Lachs the artist makes nature a component of art history. In so doing, trees in the snow become the “construction” of a “Mondrian”. Or he builds a kind of glashouse in the middle of the wood – to see inside and watch from inside out but always with a hidden barrier in between to define the nearly insurmountable ambivalence of human being and his nature.




ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in Friesach (Carinthia), Guschelbauer currently lives and works in Vienna.

After his studies of photography at the Institut für Bildende und Mediale Kunst at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna he has been working as an independent artist since 2009. He moves within the fields of photography, video and site-specific installation. The subject of landscape and its depiction within the Fine Arts, as well as the theoretical and practical discourse on nature stand at the centre of his artistic practice.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2010
2009
2009
2007

MMKK, Klagenfurt
Kunstverein das weiße Haus, Wien
Künstlerhaus, Wien
Fotohof, Salzburg

CONTACT

markus.guschelbauer@gmx.at
markusguschelbauer.com