Study 23, 2017

Basel 2018
Georg Kargl Fine Arts
Sculpture
marble, book binder's cloth
40.0 x 55.0 x 2.0 (cm)
15.7 x 21.7 x 0.8 (inch)
Andreas Fogarasi was born 1977 in Vienna. His practice engages with spatial interventions, objects, typographic studies and architectural analyses about the factors involved in how cultural entities become images. Fogarasi's installations, sculptures, videos and photographs are engaging with the act of showing and of representation. He analyses how places, cities, political ideas, or historic events become a map of ideologies and questions the role of culture – art, architecture, and design – in this process. Underlying his works is his critical examination of the mechanisms with which political appropriation operates in the field of visual culture today: the culturalisation of the economy – be it through „creative“ models of working and remuneration, through culture being the motor behind urban reconstruction, or as a valuable method for attracting tourists, investors, and media attention. Formally informed by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art, Fogarasi’s works are at the same time documentary and autonomous sculptures. The documentary element is consciously fractured and rests on a precise balance between information and openness. The sculptural aspect is strongly architectural, often referencing iconic landmarks, commercial presentations or temporary forms of architecture such as stands at fairs, stage constructions, or pavilions.