21.02.2020 - 12.05.2020:

Micha Payer & Martin Gabriel
Micha Payer, born in Wolfsberg/Carinthia in 1979, and Martin Gabriel, born in Linz 1976, now live together in Vienna and form the artist duo Payer Gabriel, who have been working together since 2000. Both studied in Vienna at the School of Artistic Photography under Friedl Kubelka, at the Academy of Fine Arts under Renée Green and at the University of Applied Arts under Brigitte Kowanz, where they graduated in 2006. Since then they have worked as freelancers and participated in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad, including Spain, France, Iran, Russia, Poland and China. Their work focuses on drawing, and particularly on civilisatory existence, its specific manifestations and its complexity. "What is the great whole, and how does it work?", "What distinguishes an order which is no longer manageable from chaos?" – these are the questions they raise, in the face of a world, with its structures and principles that are becoming increasingly complicated for both the individual and society in general. "We're interested in an aesthetic of complexity, which we attempt to illustrate by means of variation and repetition, and, using these formal-aesthetic principles, we focus on different natural and cultural phenomena that shape our existence." Thus, they describe their artistic exploration, in which – meticulously and with scientific rigour – they confront their perplexing findings on existence. "Our pictures are lists extending into infinity, starting from an idea, an object or a situation […], lists that stretch further and further, until the categories in their loose, chaotic disposition disintegrate, as of their own accord." In the Burgkapelle, Payer Gabriel respond to Josef Ferdinand Fromiller's Baroque illusion of the Christian-style heaven with a perplexing secular concept of modern-day swarms of drones as an ambiguous symbol of contemporary conditions.

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