June 12-July 27, 2003
daily from 8am - 6pm
General Hospital Vienna (AKH)
Währinger Gürtel 18-20
PEOPLE'S LIVES visualizes bodily conditions and mental states, presenting them as
mutually dependent entities. The show begins with transparent "boxed-in bodies" in
the main entrance hall of the AKH, featuring the protagonists in the disciplines of
life, illness and death.
This tripartite approach is maintained in the main exhibition room, whereby key
paintings identify the individual realms. The mental states are presented
metaphorically in a poetic, pictoral language combined with painted human interiors.
The cavities of the human body allow insights typically known only to physicians.
Paintings of such human conditions are conveyed using subtle coloration with thin
oil colors, and the associated interiors realistically represented.
Along a glass wall leading to the terrace, human bodies tumble into foggy depths,
representing the shift from the interior to the exterior. They present themselves
differently depending on how the light falls on and through the transparent medium.
At issue here is how we emotionally process daily life, the constraints imposed by
illness, and the certainty that our lives are finite. The artist has found an
impressive approach to this most basic of human reflections.