ANDREAS WERNER – beyond myth and tool




beyond myth and tool

OPENING: November 9, 2023
DURATION: November 10, 2023 – JANUARY 13, 2024 (SHOWROOM)

Beyond Myth and Tool is Andreas Werner’s second solo exhibition at Galerie Krinzinger after Through the deep black Void, 2021.

In his drawings, Andreas Werner uses elements of classical as well as fictional architecture, landscape and outer space. He confronts complex futuristic aesthetics with elements of classical architecture.

In his work, architecture has repeatedly mutated into machines and from machines into robots, some with human features. In his exhibition Galaktal at the Kunsthalle Krems, for example, he showed ‘Morphe’ made up of humans and machines using the language of architecture. In his new series, these fusions partly dissolve again and the narrative of the individual works becomes clearer.

What happens when man and machine merge? Is it a symbol of identity and beauty in a digital era – dark and promising at the same time? Human myths such as the narration about Golem and Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein”, which tell of control and perfection in a complex world, stand side by side here with Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto”, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s never filmed “Dune”, Stanislaw Lem’s “Solaris”, Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and even pop culture films such as “Blade Runner” and “Mad Max”. The motifs revolve around structures such as machines, laboratories, robots and cyborgs on the one hand and mythical figures and deities on the other. A clear classification is difficult, but we can nevertheless read the drawings. They play with a vocabulary of forms that is familiar to us and surrounds us.

(from a statement by the artist)