Markus Redl, born 1977 in Klosterneuburg, lives and works in Vienna and Carrara.
The term “Mudras” derives from Sanskrit and means “seal”, in a literal translation, Mud: joy and ra: the thing that exists.The term Mudras has its origins in India, but the hand signal, as a gesture connected with a specific content, is a cultural code that can be found in a variety of cultures.
Markus Redl states: “Art constitutes a self-empowerment to arbitrariness. It establishes its own conventions and can thus point at the characteristics of a standardized environment by diverting from common rules.” And therefore, the exhibition MUDRAS explores the elucidations of arbitrariness that come together in the codes of form and content.
A selection of works from a period of 14 years is on show. This includes drawings, a film, a moving sculpture, text collages, an audiobook (created in collaboration with the actor Stefano Bernardin) as well as sculptures made from a variety of materials, and their formal language ranges from strictly architectonic to playful and figurative.
During the past 15 years, Markus Redl’s working methods have been based on content, regardless whether the material stone or paper was involved, and independent of the timing of the art market; content that was neither short-lived nor easy to consume. One example constitutes the marble sculpture of 15.5 tons, finalized in summer 2017 for the Würth Collection – a project the artist has been dedicated himself to exclusively for over a year.
The catalog APORIE – OLYMPIA. Festung Europa/Postcontemporary will be published in December by the Verlag für moderne Kunst (VfmK) and presented at the Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer. The publication will also comprise the library of stones that Markus Redl has been working on continuously since 2004. It constitutes the conceptual framework of his artistic explorations and links sculptures with literature, and consequently, one large work that is assembled of stories, art, and life as well as the artist’s working hours, keeps growing.
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