Gerwald Rockenschaub: percolated / accelerated (leisure) pursuit & | DISTANZ


Gerwald Rockenschaub

percolated / accelerated (leisure) pursuit &

  • Editor
    Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin; Krobath, Vienna; Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich/New York; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London/Paris/ Salzburg

  • Language
  • Format
    23 × 29 cm
  • Features
    112 pages, 218 color images, Hardcover
  • ISBN
  • Release
    March 2021
  • Price

A Master of Reduction and Reflection

Gerwald Rockenschaub (b. Linz, 1952; lives and works in Berlin), one of the most renowned Austrians of the international art scene, is also a musician and DJ. His work has been associated with the Neo-Geo movement, also known as the new geometricism, which arose in the early 1980 and championed a turn toward geometric abstraction and rationality in art. Rockenschaub’s expansive installations—prominent presentations have included the Austrian pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale and a show at the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, in 2005—read as minimalist objects while also drawing attention to the conditions shaping the display of contemporary art. The animations, foil pictures, and objects engage their settings in a playful dialogue; using acrylic glass surfaces, the artist always integrates the viewers’ reflections into the ensembles. Rockenschaub himself has described it as “funky minimalism,” a term that also gestures toward his background in music and the sampling of artistic genres.

The publication percolated / accelerated (leisure) pursuit & documents the artist’s extensive oeuvre and his exhibitions over the past eleven years. Scanning a QR code provides access to acoustic pieces by Rockenschaub that form a soundtrack accompanying the publication.

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