Roman Pfeffer

Roman Pfeffer | Domino Exhibition

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April 26, 2021

Roman Pfeffer presents his work at the gallery Raum mit Licht Domino Exhibition in Vienna.

The Raum mit Licht Gallery together with Munchies Art Club is pleased to present DOMINO a Series of solo and duo shows, adding artists every week.

The exhibition DOMINO takes place at the Gallery Raum mit Licht in the Kaiserstr. 32 in the 7th district, from 16.03.2021 - 30.06.2021.

The invited artists have the opportunity to present new artworks and work in progress on location.

The sixth show of 11 presents the artists Roman Pfeffer together with the artist Peter De Meyer.

Who is Roman Pfeffer?

Roman Pfeffer is a contemporary conceptual artist born 1972 in Vöcklabruck, Austria.

Correction, transformation, irony and condensing determine Roman Pfeffer’s approach to tackling both everyday objects and art.

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Roman Pfeffer | Foto credit: @Bernhard Hosa

His works are not centered on a particular medium but playfully move between different genres - sculpture, painting and graphic art, as well as photography, video, conceptual or applied art.

In appropriating the world of art and the art of everyday, the artist operates like a scientist and constructs mathematical formulae, without, however, conforming to rational laws.

Stuck in a moment | 2021 | Ski sticks lost in Montafon 2020 | Installation view

When/how did you find out you are an artist, was your family supportive?

I grew up in the countryside, where my father had a small wood working factory.

So, I always had the opportunity to build things: nothing to do with art but a light-hearted way of dealing with materials and a chance  to make visible something you had imagined.

I became interested in art through the basics of architecture.

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After cultivation | Balance | 2012 | Series Cultivated decorative plant | C-print | 140x105cm

Also, I had teachers at school who talked about rhythm, composition and arrangements and that appealed to me.

Our art history teacher had us draw the entire ancient world.

Through drawing, we learned about floor plans, systems, compositions and forms and thus inhaled art history at a very slow pace.

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On the left | Sender Sender IV | 2020 | Ski sticks, snow cannon cover as a Pedestal | 211 x 60cm

I only took the step towards doing my own artistic work a few years after graduating.  

I had been following a painting class and it took me a long time to figure out where to go from there.

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Cultivated decorative plant I | Oak | 2012 | C-print | 120x90cm

The first works marking the start of my independent work as an artist date back to 2006.

How important has digitalization become for you in connection with your art practice?

Digitalization does not play a visible role in my practice but, in the background, there is always work where it is necessary to use tools such as robots or drawing programs to achieve a precision that would not be possible otherwise.

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On the left | Sender Sender IV | 2020 | Ski sticks, snow cannon cover as a Pedestal | 211 x 60cm

My work is sometimes very constructive and precision is of paramount importance.

Precession is also about achieving exactly what you have in mind: the more minimal something becomes, the more perfect it has to be.

Do you find that the pandemic has left a mark on you

I was lucky enough to always have exhibitions during breaks in the pandemic, so my rhythm of work was fairly sustained.

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Cultivated decorative plant II | Maple | 2012 |C-print | 120x90cm

The pandemic itself did not have a big impact on my artistic practice.

However, what I notice is that works developed previously are now becoming current, not because of the pandemic but rather because of the climate crisis.

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On the right Stuck in a moment | 2021 | Ski sticks lost in Montafon 2020 | Installation view and on the left: Sender Sender IV | 2020 | Ski sticks, snow cannon cover as a Pedestal | 211 x 60cm

The works on cultivated decorative plants are a case in point: taking rubber plants (ficus) as a starting material, I trimmed their leaves with scissors, turning them into hybrids with the foliage of an oak or a maple tree.

The result was photographed, the picture itself becoming a work of art.

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Installation view | Group show | Domino | Raum mit Licht

When looking at it, one is puzzled, wondering whether it is an actual cultivation or a montage.

In a way, it is a subjugation of the plant.  

If you prune the plant too much, it fights for survival. It is a matter of keeping a balance.

And such a balancing act is always part of my artistic work.

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Stuck in a moment | 2021 | Ski sticks lost in Montafon 2020 | Installation view

What artwork are you showing for the exhibition?

"Stuck in a moment, 2020" and "Sender, Sender 2020".

It is an installation of lost ski poles that I found in the Silvretta area, in Vorarlberg.

During winter, skiers keep losing their ski poles.

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Close-up | Stuck in a moment | 2021 | Ski sticks lost in Montafon 2020 | Installation view

When the snow melts, the poles emerge. These design parts were the starting material for my objects.

Due to the fact that piste equipment is constantly used in the terrain, some of the poles are broken or bent.

I cut them at the point where they are damaged and assembled in pairs, thus creating the work "Stuck in a moment".

Leaning against the wall, a group of spear-shaped objects emerges, that have a common past but also an individual one.

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Sender Sender IV | 2020 | Ski sticks, snow cannon cover as a Pedestal | 211 x 60cm

In the work "Sender Sender", the mast, built from ski poles, rises vertically in the air.

The metal cover of a snow cannon serves as a pedestal.

These are anonymous relics of individual adventurous endeavors.

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Painted by nature, polished by the artist | 2020 | Quarzit, Flechten | 10 x 24 x 29cm | Photo credit @Josef Schauer Schmidinger

This work is meant to send a message to the original owners of the sticks.

Of course, it is a constructed fiction, the idea being that the lost stick will connect to the former owner.

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Stuck in a moment | 2021 | Ski sticks lost in Montafon 2020 | Installation view

What are your upcoming artistic projects?

At the moment, I am finishing the work "painted by nature, polished by the artist" for the Vienna Biennale.

I found the stone - quartzite - on the top of the Montafon mountain, some 2443 meters above sea level.

The surface of the stone is like a mosaic, covered with green-yellow to grey lichens.

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Painted by nature, polished by the artist | 2020 | Quarzit, Flechten | 10 x 24 x 29cm | Photo credit @Josef Schauer Schmidinger

These natural lichens have a very slow growth of about one millimeter per year.

The largest areas are 5 cm in diameter, so you can imagine how long nature's creation process took.

Some parts of this stone I have exposed and polished, hence the title "painted by nature, polished by the artist".

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In the artists studio | Photo credit @ Josef Perndl

This stone is placed on an inclined pedestal, which has been balanced exactly to the point of tipping over.

Once the stone is put into place, the work stands securely.

Here again, we have the relationship I mentioned earlier; here again, it is about a balancing act.

On the one hand, we have a relationship between what is produced by nature and what is produced by human, between what has grown naturally and what has been shaped deliberately.

Here is the link to the Vienna Biennale for all those who would like to see the stone in the original.

Roman Pfeffer

Roman Pfeffer is a contemporary conceptual artist born in 1972 in Vöcklabruck, Austria

From 1996 to 2001, the artist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (Austria) and at the Kent Institute of Art and Design,

Canterbury (England). Currently a Roman is a member of the directorial team of the TransArts program at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

The artist lives and works in Vienna.

Roman Pfeffer works has been shown in numerous institutions and galleries:  

Museum Krems/Kunsthalle Krems; Museum of Fine Arts, Osijek; Geukens & de Vil, Antwerp; Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna; Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice; MQ ART BOX, Vienna; La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires; Kunsthalle Wien; Austrian Cultural Forum, London; Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg; Centre d’Art, Neuchâtel; Kunsthalle Tirol; Taxispalais, Innsbruck

Roman Pfeffer was awarded the first prize in the 33rd Austrian Graphic Art Competition in Innsbruck and the Prize of the Government of Tyrol in 2013, and the Dagmar Chobot sculpture award in 2018.

More on the artist:

Website: Roman Pfeffer

Instagram: Roman Pfeffer

Copyright | Resources | Credits | Additional Information

Photo credits:

Artist in studio image: @Robert Feichtenschlager

Gallery portrait: @Bernhard Hosa

Artwork: painted by nature, polished by the artist, image: @Josef Schauer Schmidinger

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