Friday, March 27, 2015

Austria 2014 - Contemporary Art in Austria - Gelatin

ISSUE DATE: 22 October 2014
STAMP DESIGN: Regina Simon (based on Gelatin artwork)

The Austrian artist collective Gelatin, from 2005 also called Gelitin, is since the mid-1990s exuberant artistic goings out. The installations, paintings, sculptures and performances inspire, strange or shocking, but they leave no one untouched. On the special stamp from the series "Young Art in Austria" presents the Austrian Post a motif of the artist Quartet, which stimulates not only the local art scene.

Wolfgang Gantner, Ali Janka, Florian Reither and Tobias Urban know each other already in their childhood at a summer camp know. In 1993 they begin to exhibit together internationally, the first time they present themselves under the name "Les Petits New" WUK in Vienna. Your excessive action art and frames huge installations bring the absurd and grotesque to intoxicating, yet natural way to reality. This makes the collective quickly talk about himself. Also, a good portion of humor as well as a clear nod to the genitals and Fecal characterize many of their works. This Gelatin does not shy away back before banalities - their shamelessness and her chaos often give their work a refreshing childishness.

Her courageous actions belonging realized in 2000 project "The B-Thing" - Gelatin enters an assembled on New York's World Trade Center itself balcony and poses for photographs from a helicopter. In 2001, she can be the Austrian pavilion at a sprawling wetland at the Biennale in Venice. When they set up in front of the Salzburg Rupertinum in 2003 its own version of the Arc de Triomphe, there is a display by a political party - the quickly-than-life-size sculpture of a man who urinated himself in the mouth, pulled down again. Reuse is the sculpture finally at London's Gagosian Gallery, with tons of items, junk and flooding houses the exhibition "Sweatwat". Stir and an oversized Kuschelhase that invites since 2005 enriches the scenery in Italian Arte Sina and to climb makes - five years was knitted on the art project "Hare". Their latest creation graces the banks of the Danube at St. Lorenz - the "Wachau nose" stands four feet from the ground and not only invites you to explore, but also from its tip from an excellent view of the Danube landscape.

The special stamp shows one of the many unusual Gelatin-interpretations of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. It was first presented in 2008 in the solo exhibition "La Louvre" in the Musée d'art moderne (MAM). An entire floor more than 3,000 exhibits were shown of Gelatin - including about two dozen Mona Lisa.   

Stamp images and description thanks to Austrian Post - Österreichische Post
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