Markus Redl | FLUSS MITTE | Gallery Lisa Kandlhofer

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The Gallery Kandlhofer presents Markus Redl's new solo exhibition FLUSSMITTE! The core of the exhibition is Redl's newly published artist's book 'Flussmitte - Porträts der Dinge'. It contains drawings from the last 5 years, including visual testimonies from the time of the pandemic and its aftermath. Images originating from the narrowest (living) space of the Viennese artist.


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Installation View XIV | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits  @kunstdokumentationcom

Gallery Kandlhofer presents Markus Redl FLUSSMITTE

The Gallery Kandlhofer presents the contemporary artist Markus Redl with the title FLUSSMITTE.

The exhibition is taking place till the 25th of January 2022, and for the time being can only be viewed online.

But there is still hope that we can visit the exhibition after the hard lock down taking place presently in Austria.

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The title of the exhibition ‘FLUSSMITTE’ refers to the art book ‘Flussmitte Porträts der Dinge’ which was recently published by Markus Redl.

It contains drawings made over five years (2015-2020).

A large part of these drawings originate from the period of the first two lockdowns in 2020, during the pandemic of CoVID-19 and its aftermath.

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Markus Redl | Brecht-Zyklus II | 3 sheets of paper board | 2.2 x 6.6 m | Ink on paper, glued to wooden slats | Image courtesy gallery Kandlhofer and the artist

They are documents of the time, and a journey in a confined space; one's own living space and the way to the grocery store, combined with texts, through which another journey takes place, without much spatial movement.

In these cycles of drawings language, text, space are compressed, layered on top of and within each other.

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Markus Redl | Stein 156–157131 [Wendemittel] | 2021 | Bianco Carrara Marmor, Nero Belgio, Rosa Portogallo | 145 x 50 x 40 cm | 340 kg | Image courtesy gallery Kandlhofer and the artist

The exhibition presents a selection of the various cycles of images.

After the publication of the book ‘Flussmitte’,Redl started working directly on the follow-up volume Flussrand I.

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Installation View XIII | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

It started with extensive research on Bertolt Brecht which resulted in the Brecht-Zyklen I and II, as well as Der Ring-Zyklus I.

These works are based on questions regarding political and social measures in a society, which affect the individual as well as the whole community.

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Installation View X | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

Questions that naturally arise from situations in a pandemic, as well as from the consequences of climate change, which also affects the whole human community.

The drawings incorporate text fragments from authors who were studied in the course of the research. (Aleida Assmann, Italo Calvino, Heinrich v. Kleist, Thomas Bernhard, Franz Kafka, Antonia Birnbaum, Heiner Müller, Andreas Reckwitz, Peter Weiss, Ilija Trojanow, and others).

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Installation View XVII | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

In addition to drawings from his publication Flussmitte, stone sculptures complement the exhibition.

Here, Redl's sculpture ‘Stein 156-157131 [Wendemittel I]’ combines three types of European stone (from Italy, Belgium, and Portugal) in the form of a projectile on a tall, square pedestal.

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Installation View XII | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

The explosive cap inscription EGAL meets its counterpart in the postament inscription ABER. EGAL ABER. ABER EGAL.

The order of reading is unclear, the meaning of the other characters around the projectile body invented - whereby they are reminiscent of existing signs from various cultures and epochs.

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Installation View III | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

The mixture with characters, which are still in use today, reinforce the impression that they are real sign systems, data sets and messages.

Their combination adds conjecture to cultural, spatial and temporal links.

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Installation View VI | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits kunstdokumentationcom

Just as ghosts used to arise from the past, they now arise from the future as well, writes Bertolt Brecht in "The Downfall of theEgotist, Johann Fatzer“. In this sense, this projectile could be a relic or a harbinger, could have originated from a great distance, spatial and temporal.

Redl's sculpture Stein 159-160133 [Wendemittel II] also works with strong signs systems.

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Installation View XV | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

The starting point for the form were the purposes of the ambon ("table of the word") and the rahle (derived from the Arabic word for "saddle"). In both cases, in the Christian and Muslim world, it is about the reception and reproduction of the written word as a central event.

On one side, the ancient Greek letters alpha and omega, representative of the Christian narrative of beginning and end, rise from a ground, carved with the finest iron, while on the other side the Arabic lettering for In sha'Al-lah rises.

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Installation View VIII | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

A statement that has become an idiom. An idiom in everyday life, used across denominational lines, by Jews,Christians and Muslims alike.

The starting point or end point of reflections on possible statements of the signs is not pre drawn by the sculpture in favor of a single interpretation, but manifests in its materiality the simultaneity of antagonisms.

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Installation View XVI | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

Even more, it reflects the condition that confronts groups and individuals within a pluralistic society with the mammoth task of having to learn to live with diversity and contradictoriness.

Markus Redl (b.1977 in Klosterneuburg, Austria) lives and works in Vienna. Before studying at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna in Erwin Wurm's class, Markus Redl studied psychology with a focus on criminology at the Juridicum in Vienna.

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Markus Redl | Drawing from: Der Unterland-Zyklus I | 42,0 x 59,7 cm | Graphite, charcoal, typewriter, paper | Image courtesy gallery Kandlhofer and the artist

Recent solo exhibitions include 'Mudras', Galerie Kandlhofer, 2017; ‘Betrachtungen – Arbeiten aus 10 Jahren', Galerie Chobot, 2015 and 'Markus Redl. Vogelfrei', Galerie Kandlhofer, 2015.

Group exhibitions include: Würth Sculpture Garden, Schloss Arenberg, Salzburg, AT 2021; 'Ich bin alles zugleich' Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, Krems, AT 2019; 'Menagerie‘, Forum Würth, Rorschack, 2017; 'A.E.I.O.U.', Art Forum Würth, Capena, 2017; 'Endurance', Galerie Kandlhofer, 2016; 'Der Erzherzogshut / 400 Jahre Krone fürÖsterreich', Stiftsmuseum Klosterneuburg, AT 2016; 'Skulpturen im Park' Schloss Halbturn, Burgenland, AT 2015;'Von Hockney bis Holbein Die Sammlung Würth in Berlin', Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2015; 'Menagerie / Tierschau aus der Sammlung Würth', Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall, DE 2013; ‚Wo die Kunst sich sammelt’, Museum Angerlehner, AT 2013.

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Installation View IV | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

We thank the gallery Kandlhofer for sharing the exhibition FLUSS MITTE and the artist Markus Redl for the wonderful art works. And as always a pleasure to post images taken by the photographer

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Installation View XIII | Markus Redl | Flussmitte | 2021 | Photo credits @kunstdokumentationcom

Images and text courtesy:

Galerie Kandlhofer, Brucknerstrasse 4, 1040 Wien | +43 1 5031167 | |

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