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  [CLEAN HANDS AND DIRTY HANDS. Klaus Schuster]

SHOW
Kunstverein Medienturm
Josefigasse 1, 8020 Graz
16.01-07.03.2009

Artist book: Verlag Folio (Bolzano/Vienna)

Thanks to: Land Steiermark, Kulturabteilung; BMUKK Wien, Kunstsektion; Stadt Graz, Kulturamt

Tue–Sat 10 a.m.–1 p.m. & Wed–Fri 3–6 p.m.
“The works of Klaus Schuster document the continuous changing “relation of depicted object, used method and contextual knowledge.” (Christian Höller) The shifting which has captured and keeps captured the connection of these parameters, cannot be reconstructed by the mere image concept. These representations clearly indicate that a sort of draft quality remains inscribed on them, and that, via these hypothetical character, they give insight into the process of the image generation itself, a “self-organisation” as “complex interaction of visuality, apparatus, institutions, discourse, bodies and figurativity.” (Christian Höller)
“The image becomes an object of desire, of the desire for meaning, whereof one knows that it lacks.” (Douglas Crimp) And, as could be added, of a reality, whereof one knows that it does not exist.” Reinhard Braun

In the exhibition at the Graz-based Kunstverein Medienturm CLEAN HANDS AND DIRTY HANDS, Klaus Schuster (*1964 Voitsberg, Austria, lives in Vienna) will, for the first time, juxtapose works from two different, new bodies of work. The first group comprises images (Lambda prints) which are generated with the procedure of 3D computer rendering, as we know them from Klaus Schuster’s last exhibitions. These works have titles like “Bungalow“, “Pissing“, “Choc“ or “Bizarre Dwarfs“. The large scale Lambda prints are presented unframed, without protective foil etc. and thus reflect their closeness respectively distance towards classical photography, which is one position that is often spotlighted in different articles on the works of Klaus Schuster. For the first time, Klaus Schuster confronts those works with oil pastel drawings and reworked photographs. The works (around 30) differ from the 3D renderings in one particular aspect: Whereas the images that are generated with the computer never show persons, and the depicted objects or spaces seem to be prototypes or design studies within a deserted world, the oil pastel drawings are dominated by human figures, body parts, faces, sections of a definitely experienced reality in every day life. With the help of retouching, Schuster manages a crossover between all categories: between male and female, human and animal, animate and inanimate matter.
The title opens up a wide spectrum of meaning. At first, the reference to the discourse of the political seems to be in the foreground. Dirty hands stand for a sort of finger painting which lets the bodies casually wallow in paint and flanks the more delicate retouching with blatant body painting. “Dirty” is this growth, penetration and concrescence, since it breaks norms and rules: “Dirt is matter on the wrong place.“ The title can, however, also simply signify the hands of the artists, which are – depending on the chosen means – clean or dirty.

The exhibition is documented by an artist book in German and English, which is published by Folio (Bolzano/Vienna), and comprises rich color images with a text of the art historian Anselm Wagner. For the “Edition Medienturm” Klaus Schuster creates with a poster and a video new limited artist’s donations.

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Klaus Schuster, choc, 2008. Lambda print, variable dimension .

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