Hermione Spriggs (Ed.)
|Leander SchönwegerDie Nebel lichten sich|
Foreword by Gerald Bast and Nicolaus Schafhausen; texts by Lucas Gehrmann and Alexandra Grimmer; interview by Nicolaus Schafhausen
A deserted campsite, a car with no one inside … Is anybody home? What has happened here?
Evolving from his graduation project at the University of Applied Arts Vienna entitled The Creator Has a Master Plan, which was awarded the Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2014, Leander Schönweger developed an installation at Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz that indicates mysteries, rather than offers solutions. “The fog disperses” (as the title translates) into questions about the unusual exhibited situation rather than its origin. This is precisely what the artist may be concerned with: leaving explainable things unexplained, or even obfuscating them. Furthermore, the exhibition raises questions about the power of knowledge, or the imbalance between control and controllability. Could the installation really just be the reproduction of a dream segment?
Photographic fragments, preparatory notes, and recent sketches accompany installation views and texts in Die Nebel lichten sich. Both exhibition and catalogue are the outcome of a cooperative project between the Kunsthalle Wien and the University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Copublished with Kunsthalle Wien and Universität für Angewandte Kunst Wien on the occasion of Leander Schönweger’s exhibition “Die Nebel lichten sich,” October 15–November 16, 2014.
Design by Tobias Donat