Spring in Vienna, royal chaos and a jewish preacher
For this exhibition, Bernhard Musil used the photographic technique of double exposure to engender controlled chaos. Musil references aesthetic principles from the history of art: referencing Italian Mannerism, the artist works against well-balanced composition or ideal harmony by passionately exaggerating forms. Pointing to the Habsburg Baroque, the various images combine to create a total work of art, an orgiastic interaction of different disciplines whose borders are smudged. Indeed, each image in this series is created with up to thirty different photographic layers that are brought together using multiple techniques. Some elements are immediately recognizable, while others take more time to see. Musil combines photographs from unrelated fields and eras, but mainly focuses on religion, fashion and the erotic, while incorporating urban impressions, geometrical structures as well as reproductions of classical paintings and historical documentation.
The basic principle behind Musil's work is highlighting the complexity of everyday experiences: chains of thoughts and impressions that accompany one on his or her way to work, when taking a walk, or while watching television—these experiences vary along the range of subjectivities. Such mental images reflect daily, semi-conscious experiences as well as flows of emotions and reflections, together impossible to articulate fully in their complexity. These pictures attempt to visualize such subjective interiority. For each and every one of us, our internal stream of images are idiosyncratically interlinked and difficult to break down, separate and categorize, as if each were a single snapshot. Instead, one experiences life as an interplay - each trajectory of movement propelled by individual experiences, associations and moods.
Encountering these images, the pieces appear as a static entity, yet the degree of movement embedded within each stimulates a range of imaginations, sensations, and observations, depending on the viewer’s mood and circumstance. Rather than dictating one particular “way of seeing”, the images offer a totality of individual associations, a matrix for numerous ways of seeing, a composite multiplicity of subjective visions.
TAKE Festival for Independent Fashion and Arts
25th-29th April 2017
Adress: Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 9-11, 1010 Wien
Tickets online: take-festival.com/tickets
born 1980 in Klagenfurt/Austria
studied communication science and publishing at University of Vienna and visual mediadesign at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Started 2000 assisting several photographers in Vienna, such as Oliver Ottenschläger, Inge Prader, Markus Morianz, Marcel Gonzales, Oliver Gast and Joe Fish
After several temporary employments abroad (Miami, Milan, London) he moved 2005 to Berlin, which is still his current base
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