10/3/2008 - 12/31/2008
Gallery Crawl: October 3, 2008
New York-based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschlager creates performances and environments. The immersive nature of his work reflects on the metaphor of the sublime and the human condition.
Trained as a fine artist, Hentschlager began to exhibit his work in 1983, building surreal machine-objects and then video, computer animation and sound works.
Between 1992 and 2003 he worked collaboratively as a part of the duo Granular-Synthesis. Employing large-scale projected images and drone like sound-scapes, his performances confronted the viewer on both a physical and emotional level, overwhelming the audience with sensory stimulation.
His current solo work further researches the nature of human perception and the accelerated impact of new technologies on both individual and collective consciousness.
Hentschlager is a recipient of numerous prizes and large scale commissions. He has represented Austria at the 2001 Venice Biennial and has shown his work internationally for two decades. Selected presentations include the Millennium Museum, Beijing; Staedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Anchorage (Creative Time), New York; MAC – Musee d’Art Contemporain, Montreal; MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz; ICC Inter-Communication-Center, Tokyo; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; and Palacio de Bella Artes, Mexico City.
His recent performance, FEED, premiered at the 2005 Venice Theatre Biennial and is currently touring. The procedural installation KARMA/cell was commissioned in 2006 by Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France.